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TAKAMORI, SAIGO 高森西郷

(1827-1877). B. Kagoshima Prefecture of samurai caste. One of the leaders involved in the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate and restoration of power to the Emperor. Led an uprising in 1877 known as the Satsuma Rebllion along with samurai who were ill-treated by the government. His forces were crushed and he committed suicide. Saigo became a national hero despite the rebllion against the political authorities because he personified to the Japanese a loyal subject who risks all to serve the Emperor.