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Why did Perry's mission have such a big impact on Japan?

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Introduction

Why did Perry's mission have such a big impact on Japan? In March 1854, Matthew Perry became the first triumphant foreigner to open up Japan after a two hundred-year isolation. Perry's mission ended Japan's isolation, and as a result Western culture along with goods, language, food, leisure, etc., entered Japan. Additionally, Perry forced China to sign the Treaty of Kanagwa, which in turn, forced the Shogun to surrender to Perry. Commodore Matthew Perry's mission is a fundamental part to Japan's development into a modern nation. In 1854, seven ships led by Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States navy sailed into Shimoda and demanded Japan to create trade and diplomatic relations with the United States. ...read more.

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The Japanese government sent its population overseas to countries like England, Germany, and the United States to study and learn military science, political science, education systems and technology. In a nutshell, Perry's mission impacted Japan because it resulted to Japan to abandon their traditional way of living, 'sakou'. Western influence and ideas helped catalyze Japan's progress into a modern nation. Japan benefited from Western knowledge, regarding military weaponry and machinery. The abolishment of the 'closed-door' policy impacted Japan positively because it strengthened Japan's military, weaponry and tactics. Meiji restoration refers to both the events of 1868 that led to the "restoration" of power to the emperor and the entire period of innovative changes that corresponded with the Meiji emperor's reign (1868-1912). ...read more.

Conclusion

The success of Perry's mission enabled a change in government, which led to the discard of the feudal system and a series of reforms that significantly altered Japanese society. In the following thirty years, after Perry's mission and the abolishment of the 'closed-door' policy, Japan was modernized from a semi-feudal state into one competent of winning a war against a European country. In conclusion, Perry's mission triggered off a chain of beneficial events, which ultimately resulted to major Meiji changes. Commodore Matthew Perry's mission forced the Shogun to sign the Treaty if Kanagwa that ended the 'closed door' policy. This in turn, caused the events of 1868, which eventually led to the 'restoration' of the Emperor. As a result of the change of government, Japan discarded the feudal system and modernized into a nation capable of defeating foreign powers. ...read more.

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