Ōki Takatō

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Ōki Takatō

Ōki Takatō ( Japanese 大 木 高 任 ; born March 23, 1832 in Saga ; died September 26, 1899 ) was a Japanese politician during the Meiji period .

life and work

Ōki Takatō was a cousin of Ōkuma Shigenobu . He was born a samurai and participated in the Boshin war against the shogunate. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868 he became politically active, overseeing the relocation of the imperial capital from Kyoto to Tokyo, becoming governor of Tokyo, minister of interior, minister of religious affairs and education, until he became minister of justice in 1873. In this capacity he put down a series of 1876 anti-government uprisings, such as the "Hagi Rising" and the "Jimpuri Rising". He received this post again in 1880 and headed the committee that was supposed to formulate civil law.

In 1885 Ōki became president of the Genrōin . He was then from 1885 member of the Sūmitsu-in and from 1889 to 1891 and then in 1892 its president. After the constitution came into force, he was minister without portfolio in the 1st Yamagata Cabinet from 1890 to 1991 and then Minister of Education in the 1st Matsukata Cabinet from 1891 to 1892.


  1. The Hagi uprising (萩 の 乱, Hagi no ran) in October 1876 was carried out by samurai in Hagi , who resisted the loss of their privileges.
  2. The Jimpūren uprising (神 風 連 の 乱, Jimpūren no ran), also in October, for similar reasons in Kumamoto Prefecture . - Jimpū is the Sino-Japanese reading for "Kamikaze".


  • S. Noma (Ed.): Ōki Takatō . In: Japan. An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Kodansha, 1993, ISBN 4-06-205938-X
  • Hunter, Janet: Ōki Takatō . In: Concise Dictionary of Modern Japanese History. Kodansha International, 1984. ISBN 4-7700-1193-8 .

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