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  • Japanese: 元老 (genrô)

The genrô were a group of the most prominent and influential advisors to the Meiji Emperor. Though the term is often translated as "elder statesmen," it does not actually refer to prominent or "elder" Meiji period statesmen in general, but to those specifically selected by the emperor and appointed by imperial order to serve as his advisors.[1]

List of Genrô


  1. Most of the genrô were appointed by an order known as genkun yûgû (lit. "warm reception as an elder statesman"), but some were appointed through more generic orders. Gallery labels, Minaguchiya Gallery, Okitsu.[1]