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Western Influence in Japan
This paper traces Japanese trade, European influence on this trade, and the internal power struggles resulting from European influence from the early 17th century to the late 19th century.
# 5609 | 1,660 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2003 in Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures) , History (Asian) , Political Science (Non-U.S.)

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This paper studies the European influence on Japanese trade and political power structure. It specifically reports on Japanese policies towards foreigners from the early 17th century to late 19th century, Commodore Perry and the effects of his visit, the Shimonoseki incident, the treaties Japan signed with foreign nations, and how the politics of Japan were influenced by foreign contact are all discussed. This paper outlines Japan's trade with Western civilizations from its beginning, marked by Francis Xavier's landing in Kyushu, through Nobunaga and his influence, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu.

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"In 1551, a 19 year old lord of a small territory began his conquests in Japan, with the support of both European military technology and the missionaries. His name was Nobunaga. Nobunaga's main fear was that of the great power of the Buddhist monasteries, and, because of this, he welcomed the Jesuits to his captured territories, which included the capital, Kyoto. Nobunaga was assassinated in 1582, and his most trusted and successful general, Hideyoshi, came into power. Hideyoshi was a man who feared change, and his reforms showed this. He reinstated old laws, forcing samurai to stay with their lords, peasants to stay with their farms, and artists and artisans to stay with their villages. Hideyoshi, who, like his lord, feared the Buddhists, but unlike his lord did not trust the Jesuits, began to ban Christian missionaries, although the Christian church continued to operate underground in Japan."

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