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The Nelson of the East

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In 1854, after the Treaty of Kanagawa, Japan opened two ports to foreign trade. Japanese nobleman had to think of new ways to secure their lands and defend their feudal society from foreign incursion. Marshal-Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō (1848 - 1934) was a very powerful commander, who played a very important role in shaping the young Japanese Navy.

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  • Tōgō Heihachirō was born in a noble samurai family, his father served the lord of the Satsuma province. 
  • Lord of the Satsuma Province, Shimazu Nariakira, is considered to be the father of the modern Japanese navy. He was the first to build larger vessels capable of more than just coastal fishing, ready to trade with other parties.
  • By the mid-1860s Shimazu Nariakira has built a small fleet also known as the Satsuma Navy. 
  • He joined the Satsuma Navy when he was only 17 and was chosen to follow the nautical training in Great Britain.
  • Tōgō served as the inspector of the first warships which were ordered from British yards.
  • Successively held important posts including commandant of the Naval War College, commander-in-chief of the Standing Squadron, commander-in-chief of Maizuru Naval Division, and in 1903, before the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War, he became commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet.
  • He had a very rich experience working with foreign fleets: British, American, German, French and Chinese.
  • Tōgō Heihachirō directed the 10-month naval blockage of the Russian military base Port Arthur and is famous for designing and executing a winning strategy for the Battle of Tsushima.
  • Was in charge of educating the young emperor Hirohito in 1914 - 1924.
  • In May 1934 (30th anniversary of the Battle of Tsushima), in recognition of Tōgō's merits, the emperor bestowed the title of marquis upon Marshal-Admiral.

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