On July 14, 1868, he examined the memorial of the military official in the palace, which read:
Yao Huangwei is overseas, not a navy, but a navy. Today's Navy should be prospered
This sentence immediately touched the heart of Emperor Meiji. With the help of his assistant ministers, he drafted an imperial edict to the whole country:
As a matter of urgency, the Navy should lay the foundation as soon as possible.
Hurry up! Speed up! When the Japanese "water mill" encountered the impact of the current, it immediately went crazy.
Lin Ziping's "talk about soldiers in the sea", which had been buried for many years, was liberated and became an important theoretical basis for talking about coastal defense and training soldiers. In the 18th century, the Sendai man also wrote a special book "the general map", which recorded the geography and customs of Korea, Ryukyu and Sakhalin Island, so as to serve as a guide when "Japanese warriors led their soldiers into the Three Kingdoms". They were sent to the Imperial Palace together with all the coastal defense works that can be collected, such as the coastal defense theory of chijing Donghai, the coastal defense monologue of songpingding, the coast guard false words of Yoshida mincheng, the coastal defense surplus theory of Sato Xinyuan, and even the coastal map of Weiyuan, a Chinese who suffered a cold encounter and forgotten in his hometown, has become a must read book for the emperor and ministers.
With astonishing speed and determination, the Meiji regime transferred all the naval forces of the shogunate to the new government system, and almost all the warships under the jurisdiction of the vassals were "offered" to the new government. Soon, under the banner of the emperor, there were all the warships available for the navy in Japan. In the ambitious plan of Japan's Ministry of war, Japan's future Navy will surpass that of Britain, with 200 warships of all sizes within 20 years. The Ministry of war, which was the assistant to the plan, had planned to equip 50 steam ironclad ships alone. He also raised the naval funding to the same level as the army funding, reaching 150000 stone.
In Tokyo, the original Hiroshima Fandi is stepping up construction to transform it into a navy for training new naval talents
Japanese can be seen in several major shipyards in Europe. These short easterners had long taken off their traditional kimonos and clogs. They wore tuxedos and hats, bowed deeply everywhere, and inquired about where there were ships suitable for Japan. Their ship and gun business is extremely difficult, because the whole Europe is busy with its own business and has little interest in their actions. However, they still move around during the day and never miss a chance. At night, they get together and sit down next to each other according to their status in China. They are excited to review the emperor's edict and look forward to the magnificent sight when the fleet flying the sun flag traverses the Pacific Ocean. At this time, they often forget the humiliation and coldness they suffered during the day. They are smart people who do small business on the beach and buy the dignity of a nation from the world.
In the Imperial Palace, the eyes of Emperor Meiji are full of blood. He is in a state of extreme excitement.
In 1874, he saw the importance of the Navy more clearly. With the construction of the Navy, Pepsi was to be recommended, and there was a lot of shouting and shouting about lack of money. As soon as the naval funds are increased, special national bonds for naval construction have been issued, and tobacco tax and drug tax have been invested in the bottomless hole of the Navy. At the highest point, they reached one eighth of the annual revenue, but they are still short of money. Emperor Meiji looked around and over the heads of the ministers who asked for money. He saw another scene: the luxurious mansion of the nobles, the dinner all night long, the tourism in red nestled with green, the gamble with a lot of money, the famous horses in the stables, the clothes inlaid with coral gems
The angry Emperor Meiji raised an invisible whip to his subjects and issued a silent imperial edict: from now on, the emperor began to cut down on the expenditure of the inner palace, with four dishes and eight bowls removed during the meal, the Sheng pipe and flute stopped at night, what is the Royal dress and jade belt, what are the bells and whistles, the emperor does not want to enjoy, do not row, just the Navy.
As an example, starting from me, the emperor would wave his invisible whip to speed up the old carriage in Japan and let it rush onto the modern highway. In addition, in Mercedes Benz, he would change the old carriage into Toyota and Mitsubishi sports cars.
From the beginning of Meiji, the emperor began to gather wealth crazily, control and monopolize the development right of emerging industries in Japan, control big companies such as Mitsui, Mitsubishi, Sumitomo and Japan's foreign trade, heavy industry and banks, and illegally expropriate land through various contributions and investments, so as to increase the accumulation of his royal family. At the same time, he took the lead in saving money for the construction of the Navy many times, opened his own money bag and poured money without any grudges. He even proposed that "although the national strength cannot win, it is a necessary plan and only a decisive one".
In July 1887, the emperor issued an order:
In my opinion, in the affairs of the founding of the people's Republic of China, strengthening coastal defense is something that cannot be relaxed for a day. I am deeply disturbed that it is difficult to allocate a large sum of money from the revenue of the State Treasury for coastal defense. I hereby decide to withdraw 300000 yuan from the internal Treasury for financial support. I hope all ministers will understand my intention.
Once the edict was issued, all the Chinese rich in the country were shocked. In the streets of Tokyo, in the living room where the rich and powerful people display exquisite flower arrangements, in the Dojo of go and kendo, there are tears and noise of thanking God for sending to govern Mingjun. Rich people are competing to imitate the emperor and donate money one after another. In less than three months, the total amount of donation to Haiphong has reached 1.03 million. "In the first ten years of the Mikado system, I'm afraid the military expenditure will account for more than 80% of the total expenditure," according to Inoue, a Japanese scholar
1893 - the year before, Emperor Meiji decided to allocate 300000 yuan of silver from the inner Treasury for Navy construction every year for the next six years. That's more than a tenth of the royal family's spending. The move once again prompted members of the Japanese government to offer a quarter of their salaries to build ships.
Before the Sino Japanese War of 1894-1895, it was said that the emperor even used the method of starving to "lead the way" for his cultural ministers and generals. Those Japanese soldiers who were starving and cold at the front line, when they learned that the emperor only ate a meal every day, everyone wept and shouted loudly.
The emperor wished he could turn Mount Fuji, the holy mountain, into Jinshan, Tieshan, Gangshan and gunpowder mountain, and every reef in the inland sea of Seto into a warship.
He didn't want to trudge slowly. He asked his country to "sprint" at the beginning, although he knew that his country, like his sick legs, was always overwhelmed by this kind of "sprint".
It is said that there were many Chinese who went to Japan at that time. Some people brought back the information that the Japanese emperor used his teeth to dig meat to support the Navy. They were actually killed in the capital. People say, "Dongyang Xiaoyi, after all, is Dongyang Xiaoyi. If you do this, you won't be afraid to make people laugh!"
It's a joke that it seems terrible to lose the face of the head of a country. The only thing we are not afraid of is that there is no navy, no national defense, no sovereignty and dignity - that's the political logic of the Qing Dynasty in the last century.
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