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.

Japanese court orders compensation for Minamata disease sufferers
Japan's Ministry of the Environment, in a booklet concerning Minamata disease, said it was "unprecedented in human history in terms of health damage," which left behind "adverse effects across the ...
Posted: September 28, 2023, 9:35 am
The True Story of Hachiko, History’s Most Loyal Dog And How Japan Honored Him
I f there was ever a dog that epitomized the phrase “Man’s Best Friend”, it was a pooch named Hachiko who lived in Japan nearly 100 years ago. His story was so inspiring and touching that he is still ...
Posted: September 28, 2023, 9:10 am
F1 News: The Amazing Way Red Bull Celebrated Constructors' Win In Japan
Following their triumphant victory in the Constructors' Championship, Red Bull celebrated in style in Tokyo. Team principal Christian Horner shared a glimpse of ...
Posted: September 28, 2023, 9:00 am
How ex-UConn quarterback David Pindell's professional football journey landed him in Japan: 'Thankful'
David Pindell, who set a UConn single-season record for rushing yards in 2018, has a three-year contract to play professionally in Japan.
Posted: September 28, 2023, 9:00 am
China Moves to Counter US by Winning Over Japan and South Korea
"China will still make unremitting efforts to persuade South Korea and Japan to return to the track of regional cooperation," expert Zhan Debin told Newsweek.
Posted: September 28, 2023, 6:14 am
Origami Sake is brewing up history in Hot Springs
Two Arkansans are brewing up history by bringing traditional Japanese sake to Hot Springs with the first-of-its-kind brewing lab in the United States.
Posted: September 27, 2023, 9:02 pm
Japan baking under hottest summer temps in recorded history
Japanese who are complaining of suffering through the hottest summer they've ever endured now have their belief endorsed by the country’s weather agency. The average temperature from June to ...
Posted: September 27, 2023, 5:00 pm
Monument to Japanese-Canadian History Dismantled in Ontario
Locals expressed anger and sadness over the city’s decision to remove the Temple Bell less than a month after its creator architect Raymond Moriyama's death.
Posted: September 25, 2023, 7:00 pm
Rugby turns 200: A history of the sport in Japan
Japanese participation is believed to have ... at ¥646.4 billion (around $6.1 billion), it was the largest RWC in history, according to a 2020 EY report. In addition, the report continued ...
Posted: September 23, 2023, 8:25 pm
History comes full circle with Japan-U.S. summit in Columbus
On Wednesday morning, descendants of three men who shaped the history of 19th-century trans-Pacific relations boarded a tour bus in downtown Columbus.
Posted: September 22, 2023, 3:02 am
Japan's Toshiba set to end 74-year stock market history
Toshiba, one of Japan's biggest and oldest firms, is set to end its 74-year stock market history as a group of investors have bought a majority stake. The company has announced that a consortium led ...
Posted: September 21, 2023, 12:14 am