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When did Japan become a nation?

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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.

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When did Japan become a nation?
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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.

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