The birthplace of Yataro Iwasaki, Aki

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  • We visited Yataro's house after doing a portion of the Shikoku pilgrimage and visiting the Ryoma museums in Kochi. If you happen to be in the area this is definitely a good place to see, but it is...  more »
  • The birthplace of Yataro Iwasaki, the founder of Mitsubishi. In 1835, Yataro Iwasaki was born here as the eldest son of Yajiro and Miwa Iwasaki. Yataro Iwasaki was the bold and ambitious entrepreneur who started Mitsubishi. The son of a provincial farmer, Yataro began his career in the employ of the Tosa clan. The clan held business interests in many parts of Japan, which whetted the young man's ambition. Yataro's great grandfather had sold the family's samurai status to cover debts. Although well off, the ambitious young man knew that the only way to gain true power was education. At 19, Yataro followed an official of the Tosa clan to Edo (Tokyo) to further his studies. The serious injury of Yataro's father in a dispute with the village headman brought him home from Edo a year later. When the local magistrate refused to hear his case, Yataro accused him of corruption. That landed him in prison for seven months. Yataro Iwasaki studied under the reformist Toyo Yoshida. It was Yoshida who influenced him with ideas about opening up the then-closed nation and of development and industry. Through his association with Yoshida, Yataro landed a position as a clerk for the Tosa government. He saved diligently and bought back the family's samurai status. Yoshida's assassination in 1862 caused Yataro to lose his connections. It wasn't until Yoshida's nephew gained status that he was appointed to the clan's trading office in Nagasaki. Yataro rose to the top position at the office in only three months. His job was to buy ships, weapons, and ammunition for the Tosa clan. Yataro exported camphor oil, Japanese paper and other products to finance those purchases. The 300-year rule of the Shogunate ended with the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Osaka replaced Nagasaki as the main trading port and Yataro followed the action there. The new government forbid the clans to run businesses. Yataro took over the newly privatized Osaka office, know then as Tsukumo Trading Company, when the Tosa clan disbanded. He accepted part of the clan's debt in return for ships and trading rights. The company adopted the name Mitsubishi in March 1873, when Yataro became president officially. "Mitsubishi" means the three-diamond crest which is a blend of the Tosa and Iwasaki emblems. He gradually acquired more ships and expanded its passenger and freight services. Yataro taught the sons of former aristocrats to put the customer first.
  • 高知県、安芸市に岩崎弥太郎の生誕の地があり、現在の三菱グループの創始者で大変、素晴らしい方だそうです。三菱グループは第二次世界大戦中に使用された0戦を考案、生産!また当時日本第二の戦艦武蔵を製造した事も有名です。他、勤皇の志士の坂本龍馬、中岡慎太郎等の像もあります。
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