This period of modernization in which aspects of Western systems and culture were adopted, is called the Meiji Restoration. The victory against Russia in the Russo-Japanese War, 1905, made Japan a world power.
The cow that's first up, gets the first of the dew.〔ことわざ〕
hostile relationship of the Cold War era between the U.S. and Russia
prevent dew from forming on the objective lens
Japanese defeat of the Russia
Japan defeated Russia in the Russo-Japanese War.〔1904-05年〕