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Rise of Modern Japan

An overview of how Japan reformed and emerged during the late 19th century.

James Morrison

on 6 February 2013

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Rise of Modern Japan Tokugawa Shogunate

Ruled Japan since the 1600's
Isolated Japan from foreign traders
Western nations wanted to trade with Japan 1867 Rebellion Meiji Restortaion In 1853 Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Edo (Tokyo) Bay with Four American Warships. Perry had a letter from
U.S. President Millard Fillmore that requested two things Better Treatment of U.S. Sailors who were shipwrecked on Japanese Islands Opening of Foreign Relations
between the United States and
Japan Six months later
Perry returns with an even larger force looking for an answer. Under pressure the Shogunate officials agreed to the treaty of Kanagawa which opened up more ports Japanese ports to the
U.S. The decision to open relations with
the west leads to rebellion within Japan.
An alliance between territories in
Southern Japan forced the Shogunate
to ultimately step down ending military dictatorships
that had existed since the 12th century. Russo-Japanese War Who ended up being in charge charge? Emperor Mutsuhito

Mutsuhito was only 15 when he took over. He reign lasted from 1867 to 1912.

Mutsuhito chose the name Meiji for his reign which means "enlightened rule".

The Meiji Era focused on modernizing Japan and adopting new ways in order to prevent Western Imperialism. Meiji Policies
Feudal Lords surrendered their lands to the Emperor who redistributed it.

Japanese statesmen were sent to America and Europe to learn western ways. Impact

Japan modeled its
government after Germany
using its constitution as a model
for its own (small group of men held power)

Japan built up its military to imitate the U.S. and European

Japan modeled its system of education after the U.S. model of
universal free and public education.
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