On The 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration (2)

Saigō Takamori: The most powerful human force behind the Meiji Restoration

His repugnance of “love of self”: a lesson for the president and congress of the United States of America in 2018

Saigō Takamori taught that “a great man,” unlike the average man, “never turns away from difficulty or pursues [his own] benefit.” He “takes the blame for mistakes upon himself and gives credit [for meritorious deeds] to others.” His biographer, Kaionji Chōgorō, wrote that Saigo, “was physiologically unable to bear” even being suspected of any sort of underhandedness. Saigō had a deep-seated repugnance of “love of self,” which, in his own words, he described as “the primary immorality.”

Saigō Takamori is featured in Samurai Revolution.