Novice Meiji Restoration


Novice Meiji Restoration


Chair: Aditya Agarwal

Crisis Director: Dan Zhukov


Committee Type: Single Delegate

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Letter from your Chair

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to BruinMUN 2019. My name is Aditya Agarwal and I have the privilege of serving as the chair for the Novice Meiji Restoration, 1868. With the rich history surrounding Japan in the 19th century, Dan and I hope to make this committee the right balance of fun and challenging for you.

Hailing from India, I have had the opportunity to participate and experience in Model UN conferences both at home and abroad. I have constantly been involved with Model UN for the last seven years and currently have the honor of serving as the Director of Training on the organization’s executive board.

I am currently a senior pursuing a major in International Development Studies at the College at UCLA. Although I plan on pursuing a career in the financial sector, I can also see myself working as a consultant at the UN and passionately debating current world issues. When I’m not busy with Model UN, I enjoy watching soccer, playing strategic poker, or bingeing a wide variety of T.V. series. Aside from the extracurriculars, you can always find me procrastinating my way to glory on any assignment possible while I try to keep up with the insanely fast-paced quarter system.

This year’s committee on the exciting period of the Meiji Restoration shall deliberate the right path for Japan amidst active economical and political unrest in the region. While understanding the concept of a nation-state, it is imperative to take into consideration the individual, and sometimes different, factions that constitute it. The discussions and actions in this crisis-style committee can see decades-long civil tensions in the island come to a conclusion, and I hope it will be a fruitful one.

With that said, please feel free to contact me and/or your amazing Crisis Director Dan Zhukov if you have any questions regarding the content of this background guide or the topic/committee in general.

I look forward to seeing you this November!

Aditya Agarwal | Chair


Letter from your Crisis Director

Dear Delegates,

I am thrilled to welcome you to the Novice Meiji Restoration, 1868 committee at BruinMUN 2019! My name is Dan Zhukov, and it is my honor to serve as your Crisis Director during the committee. A little bit about myself - I am a fourth-year Political Science and History double-major here at UCLA. I was born in Russia and moved to the United States when I was 14, and now live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my family. Outside of classes, MUN, and work at the Event Services department on campus, I consume all sorts of science fiction media and attempt to write my own short stories, while also brainstorming ways to enter the field of political consulting careers.

I joined the Model UN club at UCLA at the start of my freshman year, not realizing yet how much time I would come to dedicate to this community of phenomenal people brought together by a common passion for international affairs. I have staffed BruinMUN for the past three years, serving as the Crisis Director for the Nepalese Civil War committee last year. Additionally, I have served as the Under-Secretary-General of Crisis for LAMUN 2019, our collegiate conference, and actively participated in the club’s competitive team. This year, it is my enormous pleasure to be the Director of Travel Team and act as one of the head delegates for our club.

The Meiji Restoration is a critical juncture in Japanese history, and I am incredibly excited to reenact this historical moment in our crisis committee. The struggle between the Imperial nobility and the leaders of the Satcho Alliance against the forces of the Tokugawa Shogunate, known as the Boshin War, forever altered the course of history for this nation and paved the way for an emergent constitutional monarchy. It will be up to you, delegates, to lead the Imperial armies against the shogun and simultaneously maintain a precarious balance between Japanese traditions and principles of Western modernity. I cannot think of a better committee to run during my last BruinMUN and hope that it will be an amazing educational experience for all of you.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or our incredible chair Adi with any questions you might have about this background guide, our conference, or college life at UCLA in general. I wish you the best of luck in your research, and look forward to meeting all of you this November!


Dan Zhukov | Crisis Director