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The Japanese Closed Country Policy

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Emily Louden

on 26 February 2015

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Transcript of The Japanese Closed Country Policy

Japan is Closed
Port Nagasaki was left open to the Dutch, but controlled by the Shogun
The Shogun had a monopoly on trade and culture through Japan
Over 200 years, Japan became mostly self-sufficient
The Japanese Closed Country Policy
1600, Japanese civil war left the Tokugawa Shoguns in power
Christian tolerance did not last
Tokugawa, to prevent being undermined, closed off Japan
Christianity and foreign ideas were prevented from reaching Japan, ports were shut down
The Shogun could maintain their power and control the ideas reaching Japan
Thesis
The isolation of Japan from the rest of the world did not benefit it, because those choosing what cultures and information were allowed in were making those decisions with the goal of control, and because Japan lost the opportunity to obtain many European goods, and because Christianity was banned.

The Japanese Closed Country Edict of 1635
By Payton Pedersen, Rae Beleford, Lucy Mujugira, and Emily Louden
Effects of the Policy
Very few enemies of Japan
More focus on Japan's own culture
Economic shift and trade diminished
There was no culture and information exchange with the rest of the world
Tokugawa Shoguns could be selective about the information they provided
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