The Shimadzu family and the Shuseikan industrial complex

Simply because of its abundance of coastline, Satsuma was visited by foreign ships earlier than other places. Because of this, Satsuma was sensitive to the actions of other countries, and, also through Ryukyu (Okinawa Prefecture), gathered a wealth of information. The 28th Shimadzu Lord, Nariakira, felt the vulnerability of our country to colonization to be a problem of the utmost gravity, so, immediately upon becoming head of the clan, he made the most of the plenitude of information and western knowledge available to him to establish policies with an eye to the future. As part of the efforts to carry out these policies, a modern western-style industrial complex called the Shuseikan was established in the Iso area of Kagoshima.

the Shuseikan industrial complex

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