Who Is Sakamoto Ryoma?
THE SOURCE: “History’s 100 Most Influential People, Hero Edition” by Nippon Television Network, April 1, 2007, at Japan Probe, www.japanprobe.com/?p=1471.
Further confirmation, if any were needed, that we all have a firm sense of our own place in the world is the release of “History’s 100 Most Influential People, Hero Edition,” a survey conducted by the Nippon Television Network, Japan’s largest broadcast system. Thirteen of the top 20 slots on the list, and about half overall, are occupied by Japanese people, an impressive—if somewhat ethnocentric—sprinkling of samurai, daimyo, and shoguns.
In the place of honor, at number one, is Sakamoto Ryoma, a revered samurai who helped negotiate the resignation of the Tokugawa shogunate...