Committee Information

Committee Name: Tokugawa Iesada’s Cabinet, Japan 1853
Organ: Cabinets
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

Dear Delegates,

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!

Hoya Saxa,

Sophie Shoultz & Chris Stein

Crisis Manager and Chair, Late Tokugawa Shogunate

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About the Chair

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 has been involved with MUN since 7th grade, and has previously staffed NAIMUN and NCSC, Georgetown’s college MUN conference. He is studying Mandarin Chinese, so expect all of the dramatic speeches to be in the wrong East Asian language.

About the Crisis Manager

Sophie is a member of the class of 2018 in the Georgetown School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in Environment and Energy. Along with Model UN, she also studies German and Chinese and plays in the Georgetown Orchestra. Before she graduates this coming spring, she hopes to finally discover which DC cupcake restaurant is the best by eating cupcakes every day (for science of course).

She is extremely excited to spend her last semester at Georgetown staffing NAIMUN!

Learning Goals

NAIMUN strives to provide the most well-rounded educational and enjoyable experience to delegates. The learning goals for Tokugawa Iesada’s Cabinet are as follows. Delegates will gain:

  • a deep understanding of the history of modern Japanese social and cultural norms.
  • detailed knowledge on the social stratification of Japanese society and the deep historical ties that modern Japan operates with.
  • an understanding of transformative societal change and the phenomenon of a democratic revolution.