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Tani Tateki

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was a statesman and lieutenant general in the Imperial Japanese Army in Meiji period Japan. He was also known as Tani Kanjō. Biography Early life Tani was born in Kubokawa village, Tosa Province (present-day Shimanto town, Kōchi Prefecture) as the 4th son of a Confucian scholar. All three of his elder brothers died in childhood, and he was given to his uncle to be raised as an upper-class samurai in the service of the Yamauchi clan. His abilities were soon noted by clan officials,a and he was sent for further studies in Edo in 1859. While in Edo, he studied under Yasui Sokken and other leading Confucian scholars, and returned to Tosa in 1861. In 1862, he was appointed an instructor at the Chidōkan, the han school; however, he also became involved in the local Sonnō jōi movement led by Takechi Hanpeita. He was one of the members of Takechi's followers implicated in the assassination of Yoshida Tōyō. Following Takechi's arrest and execution, he was out of favor until
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