Committee Name: Tokugawa Iesada’s Cabinet, Japan 1853
Undersecretary-General: Suraag Srinivas
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Yasmeen El-Hasan
Chair and Crisis Manager: Chris Stein and Sophie Shoultz
The Topic Abstract for this committee can be accessed here.
A Letter from the Crisis Manager and Chair
Greetings and welcome to Tokugawa Iesada’s Cabinet at NAIMUN LV! We are extremely excited to explore this fascinating and important period of Japanese history with you.
Your chair for this committee is Chris Stein. Chris is a member of the class of 2020 in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown considering a major in International Political Economy. He is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Your crisis manager is Sophie Shoultz. Sophie hails from Iowa City, Iowa and is a rising senior in the School of Foreign Service studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs.
This committee takes place at the twilight of Japan’s feudal society and will explore how the final Japanese shogunate reacts to sudden threats to the longstanding feudal order. Topics of discussion will stem from fundamental changes in the Tokugawa social structure, increasing exposure to foreign influences, and the problems inherent in forcing changes upon a society in its 22nd decade of isolationism.
Through this committee, you will gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by many non-Western societies during the era of Western expansion and forcibly imposed Western ideals and how the Tokugawa shogunate’s governing principles—in place since the 17th century—clashed with the comparatively new ideas from the West.
We are excited to get to know you all and to face the complex problems facing the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1853!
Sophie Shoultz & Chris Stein
Crisis Manager and Chair, Late Tokugawa Shogunate