Japanese History - Count Itagaki Taisuke (板垣 退助, 21 May 1837 – 16 July was a Japanese politician and leader of the Freedom and People's Rights Movement (自由民権運動 Jiyū Minken Undō), which evolved into Japan's first political party.
Katsu Kaishū (勝海舟) March 12, 1823 - January 21, 1899) was born in Edo (present day Tokyo) to a low-ranking retainer of the Tokugawa Shogun. He was a Japanese statesman and naval engineer during the late Tokugawa shogunate and early Meiji period. He rose to occupy the position of Navy Commissioner (Gunkan-bugyō) in the Tokugawa navy. He is particularly known for his role in the surrender of Edo Castle to the Imperial Forces.