Zigong became a regular travel destination for salt merchants. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japanese Emperor Meji, built a centralized economy and modernized military. In January 1905, the Salt Monopoly Law came into play, making 22 salt offices around the country to regulate production. Ancient China came to an end in 1912. In 1998 India followed China’s 1995 decision on banning non iodized salt. In September 2000, India repealed its ban.