Japan's need for natural resources and the repeated rebuffs from the West to Japan's attempts to expand its power in Asia paved the way for militarists to rise to power. But Japan's victory was short lived.
The Reign of the Meiji Emperor When the Meiji emperor was restored as head of Japan inthe nation was a militarily weak country, was primarily agricultural, and had little technological development. The Osaka Conference of resulted in the reorganization of government with an independent judiciary and an appointed Council of Elders tasked with reviewing proposals for a constitution.
Instead Japan met with strong opposition from the United States, and again learned the lesson that the West regarded imperialism very differently if it was the imperialism of an Asian rather than a European power. The restrictions hindered the political parties and led to divisiveness within and among them.
The same tendency prevailed in art and literature, where Western styles were first imitated, and then a more-selective blending of Western and Japanese tastes was achieved. A modern history of Japan: from Tokugawa times to the present.
On the political sector, Japan received its first European style constitution in The new constitution specified a form of government that was still authoritarian in character, with the Emperor holding the ultimate power and only minimal concessions made to popular rights and parliamentary mechanisms.
The Japanese government was angered by this incident and drew the lesson that for Japan to maintain its independence and receive equal treatment in international affairs, it was necessary to strengthen its military even further.