He saw urban poverty all over the place and felt like he needed to do something about it. He sold all of his books and gave all that money to the poor people. But there were still many more poor people. He then led a rebellion against the bakufu (which he was supposed to be an official of). Inflation was part of the reason why japan got poorer and poorer: by 1830"s and 1840"s, these crises (of poverty and inflation) has reached dramatic outcomes. Informed japanese referred to their status as the warring state period: they thought russia was the most powerful state in the area- but they did. 2 not have very correct outlooks on the rest of the world. Morrison incident of 1837 bakufu fired on them: castaways go to japan and want to extend trading relations with them. Satsuma went in and took a lot of sugar and made it their own monopoly.