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Japan

Nihon (or Nippon) Koku (Land of the Rising Sun)
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)

Abstract

The house of Yamato united the nation in about 200 AD. The present imperial family are their direct descendants. From 1186 until 1867 successive families of the military Shoguns exercised the temporal power. For centuries Japan followed a policy of national isolation. The 16th century marked the beginning of foreign trade but in the 17th century all exchange with Europeans and all trade, except with the Dutch, was proscribed. Not until 1859 was the country opened to foreign trade and residence. In 1867 the Emperor Meiji recovered the imperial power after the abdication on 14 Oct. 1867 of the fifteenth and last Tokugawa Shogun Keiko. In 1871 the feudal system (Hoken Seido) was abolished and in the early 1890s constitutional government was introduced by the Emperor.

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