Viscount Yuri Kimimasa
November 11, 1829|
|Died||April 28, 1912(aged 82)|
|Other names||Yuri Kōsei|
Life and career
Yuri was a samurai born in Fukui, Echizen Province (present-day Fukui Prefecture). He studied under the Confucian scholar Yokoi Shōnan. He worked towards the financial reform and modernizing Fukui domain and received preferential treatment from daimyō Matsudaira Yoshinaga due to his great ability.
Yuri joined the new Meiji government as a san'yo (senior councillor), and took charge of the financial and monetary policy of the new government. Together with Fukuoka Takachika, he was the principal author of the Charter Oath.
In 1871, he became the fourth governor of Tokyo.
Yuri left government the following year, but was selected as one of the members of the Iwakura Mission on its around-the-world voyage to the United States and Europe. After his return to Japan, he joined Itagaki Taisuke in petitioning for a representative national assembly.
In 1891, Yuri quit government service, moved to Kyoto, and founded the Yurin Seimeihoken K.K., one of Japan's first life insurance companies. The company later merged with Meiji Seimei, the predecessor to modern Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company.
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