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The war found its origins in dissatisfaction among many merchants and warrior-nobles with the policy of Council of State (Japanese: ダイジョウカン Daijō-kan) that severely limited Japan exchange with foreign nations. Increasing Western influence in the economy led to a decline similar to other Asian countries at the time. Realizing Japan can not resists the growing Western imperialism in Asia without modernizing its army, economy, and political system, the merchants of Edo forged an alliance with the feudal landlords, particularly from the northern provinces of Japan to wage a war against the ruling Council.