Japan's birth as a nation, depending on the definition of nation used, could be as dated 10,000 years ago, when a hunter-gatherer society called the Jamon developed. Its birth date also could be identified as 710 A.D., when the first strong central government developed in Nara.Continue Reading
Japanese society in the eighth century was divided into clans, which were ruled from Yamato Province. When the samurai shoguns took over governmental power in 1185, a new type of Japanese nation was born.
Japan's birth date as a nation could also be considered to be in 1868, when the power of the ruling shogun lords was broken and a new constitutional monarchy was established. This new government was headed by the Meiji Emperor.Learn more about Modern Asia
Japan slowly became a democracy following the end of World War II in 1945. It took 6 years of occupation and a new constitution written in 1946 to bring about the change.Full Answer >
During the Meiji Restoration, Japan radically altered its political structure and embarked on a plan of industrialization to help it compete with Western nations. Though the reforms caused some violent opposition, the government had reached its objectives by the early 20th century.Full Answer >
Historians agree Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931 for two main reasons: ideology and natural resources. Nationalist leaders in Japan desired to unite all of Asia under one emperor, an ideology known as hakkô ichiu.Full Answer >
United States Naval Officer Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry negotiated a treaty that opened up Japan to trade with the United States of American on March 31, 1854. He negotiated with Japanese officials for months to facilitate trade between the two countries.Full Answer >