Itagaki, Taisuke(tī`so͞okē ētä`gäkē), 1837–1919, Japanese statesman. After taking part in the Meiji restorationMeiji restoration,
The term refers to both the events of 1868 that led to the "restoration" of power to the emperor and the entire period of revolutionary changes that coincided with the Meiji emperor's reign (1868–1912).
..... Click the link for more information. , he became (1869) a councillor of state. A samurai of Tosa, he opposed domination of the government by the Choshu and Satsuma clans. He helped launch a campaign for an elective assembly that led to the establishment of a senate in 1875 and, in 1878, of prefectural assemblies, with advisory powers only. As a means to achieve constitutional reform, Itagaki founded (1877) the Risshisha [Society of Independence] and set up (1881) the Jiyuto [Liberal] party, a forerunner of the Seiyukai. He was home minister under Hirobumi Ito and in 1898 was associated with Shigenobu Okuma in an attempt to form a party government.
Born Apr. 17, 1837, in Kochi; died July 16, 1919. Japanese politician.
Itagaki participated in the abortive bourgeois revolution of 1867–68. He held several high government posts from 1868 to 1873, when he became leader of the liberal movement. Itagaki called for the adoption of a constitution and parliamentary form of government. In 1881 he organized the first bourgeois political party, the Jiyuto (Liberal Party), and was its president from 1881 to 1884. He was minister of internal affairs from 1896 to 1898. Itagaki retired from politics in 1900.