Historically, Japan is a country which is influenced a great deal by extraneous stimulus, i.e., foreign countries. Reino de Portugal, the 16th century visitor, brought firearms and enthusiasm to some militant people here. Japanese had been fought with hand-made swords one-on-one until then, and they had eureka moments of "What a joy to be IN the global trend!"
That's like an experimental field of modernization has set up in islands of the Far East.
Then came the US, at the end of 19th century, who lent a hand to be in the global standard, practically.
Restoration as a Japanese political term was first used at that 19th century. It has become a byword with the people's revolution here, politicians who don't think much use it VERY positive meaning.
May I scream "aagh"?
First thing I'd like to point is that when they say restoration, they tend to think in too dualistic.
Restoration shall overcome, ancien regime should end.
WE are right, YOU are wrong.
(Sounds like a bad song, I know.)
Even in the 19th century, people were not divided in that simple way... the fact which is never cared by adorers of Restoration of our age.
I love the freedom of being gray, the world where I don't have to choose either black or white.
A leader of the Restoration, who helds too dualistic concept, makes me (please don't say it is only me!) nervous.
My second anticipation is proved in history (globally, I guess). Once they restore, they never hesitate to be a power. After a restoration, antagonists are removed from the political scene. Well, I don't have no objection to a healthy two-party system. I doubt politicians who speak only the bright side of the word Restoration, especially when Quixotes are almost ubiquitous.
Now I can't help myself remembering Sozo Sagara, who was the commanding officer of the Restoration party in the 19th century Japan. He set up a corps of farmers and merchants, on the premise of tax reduction. He was a front runner of the party, believing with confidence the goodness of political soulmates, never realizing the tax tallyho leads to the catastrophe. The government blames Sozo for using of fraudulent means, quickly sentences he and his company to death. Sozo was but 29 at the time of his death.
Good luck with you Restoration politicians. Can you say (I mean, seriously) no more Sozo in the future?
I really hate the last episode of Sozo Sagara. That disgusting smell is non-detachable to the glorious word, Restoration.