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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:38 am    Post subject: What purpose did the Shinsengumi serve? Reply with quote
What purpose did the Shinsengumi serve?

Here is my answer. According to the main description here, at this Japanese tourist site, http://www.tourism.metro.tokyo.jp/english/webmaga/2004winter/shinsen/index.html, the Shinsengumi was formed to:
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In a word, the Shinsengumi (the literal translation being the Newly Selected Team) was a Tokugawa Shogunate police system formed toward the end of the shogunate in the 19th century to maintain law and order in Kyoto, the then capital of Japan.
The Shinsengumi members were usually recruited from various ronin of the period, but later the members were officially made direct retainers of the Shogun -- thus they were no longer "ronin" as such. The Shinsengumi's main purpose was to protect the Shogun and the bakufu government from various factions of rebels (loyalists) who sought to overthrow the bakufu. They were the Shogun's "police officers" and many of them became the infamous "ronin-hunters" who patrolled the streets and countryside, looking to arrest loyalist ronin to keep them from carrying out actions that would lead to the overthrow of the bakufu.

To divert from the main question, to get to a brief discussion of the loyalist side: There were two main factions of loyalist rebels. These factions were: 1) those who wanted to maintain the feudal system, keep foreign powers from influencing or taking over Japan, and install the Emperor as the direct ruler of Japan. 2) a faction that wanted to replace the bakufu government with a more democratic form of government which would abolish the feudal class system and control foreigners by instituting free trade with them, all while mounting a defense against foreign domination of Japan.

To sum up an answer to the original question, the Shinsengumi's purpose was to aid in defeating all of the loyalist factions and maintain the Tokugawa Shogunate in some form or another.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:58 am    Post subject: Shinsengumi Reply with quote
Above all else they were a police force they protected the locals (who still hold them in high regard in the Mibu district well their descendants)from Yakuza(certain gangs only) ,Thieves ,rapists as well as policing their own and wacking the odd bakufu offical who got out of line it was not just kill shishi.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The good point of the Shinsengumi was that they didn't belong to any han until they became Bakushin in 1867.
So none of han didn't have to take responsibility of what they did.


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