In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture.

Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island.

In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 – triggering America’s entry into World War II – and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia.

After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, elected politicians – with heavy input from bureaucrats and business executives – wield actual decision-making power.

The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally. In January 2009, Japan assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2009-10 term.

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Posted: May 23, 2022, 3:39 pm
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Posted: May 23, 2022, 3:37 pm
Columbus woman shares her story of being placed in Japanese Internment Camp as a child
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Posted: May 23, 2022, 3:32 pm
The History Behind Common AAPI Stereotypes
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Posted: May 23, 2022, 12:37 pm
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Posted: May 23, 2022, 10:15 am
PM Modi Pens Op-Ed on History of India-Japan Ties, Says 'Best Yet To Come'
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Posted: May 23, 2022, 5:26 am
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Posted: May 22, 2022, 7:49 pm
'Bitter Injustice' invites N.H. residents to reflect on the internment of Japanese Americans 80 year
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Posted: May 22, 2022, 6:06 am
B.C. commits $100 million to Japanese Canadians in recognition of internment history
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Posted: May 21, 2022, 2:59 pm
Roadshow criticized for ‘tepid response’ to offensive letter about Japanese Americans
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Posted: May 20, 2022, 2:06 pm
AAPI community pushes for more Asian American history in school curricula
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Posted: May 19, 2022, 1:50 pm
China blasts US, Japan rhetoric ahead of Quad summit
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Posted: May 18, 2022, 6:31 am