Many Japanese revolted against the introduction of the 24-hour clock, but within a few decades their watches would rule the world markets.
Guess what the Japanese people did when the 24 hour clock was introduced? They revolted. Serious, big time fighting and killing took place.
Many people especially the Samurai saw all these new fangled ideas as threatening their status quo within Japanese society. Of course there were other things as well, not just 24 hour clocks. The Japanese did not like wearing trousers, people cutting off their pony tails and other silly stuff like that.
But there was a core group of Japanese (in the Army, in the Palace, the aristocracy etc) who were committed to change. They adapted super fast to modernisation. Also they did not have PAS, PIS, PUS or the Taliban in Japan at that time.
So just 30 years later in 1905, before the West could say 'kamikaze', massive steel battleships of the Japanese Navy under the command of Admiral Togo Heihachiro beat the crap out of the Russian Imperial Fleet (commanded by an unpronouncable name) at the famous Battle of Tsushima (the Tsushima Straits separate Southern Japan from Korea).
In just 30 years the Japanese had arrived as a modern world power. Another 35 years later the Japanese Imperial Army would kick the butts of the British in Malaya, the Americans in the Phillipines and just mess around everywhere. They would change the world forever.
They would also start manufacturing Seiko, Citizen, Casio and other timepieces which would rule the world markets. The Japanese people simply ignored the fact that their parents had revolted against the introduction of the 24 hour clock just 35 years before the 20th century.
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