In 1851, along with Kuroda Narihiro of Fukuoka han and rôjû Abe Masahiro, Munenari convinced Shimazu Narioki to abdicate as daimyô of Satsuma han, in favor of his son Shimazu Nariakira. This came at the end of considerable tensions and political maneuvering between the "conservative" Narioki and his more "progressive" (pro-Westernization) son.
- Robert Hellyer, Defining Engagement, Harvard University Press (2009), 162.
- Richard Chang, "General Grant's 1879 Visit to Japan." Monumenta Nipponica 24:4 (1969). pp373-392.
- Tokugawa Reiten Roku 徳川禮典録, vol 1., Tokyo: Owari Tokugawa Reimeikai (1942), 1-2.