Abe Vows to Lead Japan into Future As Did Meiji People


Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his eagerness Tuesday to lead the country into the future by following in the footsteps of people who worked hard for its modernization during the Meiji period.

"Following in Meiji people's footsteps, we'll open the way to the future without flinching from any hardship," Abe said in an address at a government-hosted ceremony to mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Meiji period, which ran through 1912.

During the era that started in 1868 with the restoration of the emperor following the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate, Japan "took the first step toward a modern statehood," Abe stressed.

He also pointed out that "foundations of Japan's current political, economic and social systems were laid" in the period, citing the creation of a constitution, progress in industrialization and introduction of a national education system.

"I hope that especially young people will become aware of events that happened for the modernization and learn various facets of those precious experiences," Abe said.

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