Editor says, what if the Meiji Emperor had been assassinated in 1868? Muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality Emperor Meiji announced his restoration to supreme authority and, after a brief resistance by Yoshinobu and the samurai, began a new era of reforms. Their economic influence and military prestige would become obvious in their defeat of a western nation in the Russo-Japanese War in 1905. Japan continued its growth of political clout as it joined Hitler's Axis, prompting the Pacific theater of World War II. After suffering the only military use of atomic weapons, Japan would rebuild to become an economic world leader. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.