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Emperor Meiji (明治天皇; 1852 – 1912), personal name Mutsuhito (睦仁), was the 122nd Emperor of Japan. He was the first monarch of the Empire of Japan and presided over a major social, political, and economic revolution that transformed Japan from a feudal state into an industrialized great power.

By 1868, Emperor Meiji's inner circle of advisors had been infiltrated by the Japanese Rite of the Templar Order. They pushed the Emperor to launch a campaign against the Tokugawa shogunate to decisively terminate their rule and restore political prestige and authority to the Imperial Court. His victory in what became known as the Boshin War accomplished this exact goal and set the stage for the rapid nationalization and industrialization of Japan.[1]