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How effectively had Japan modernized itself by 1914 -- Introduction Not until the 1800s did Tokugawa realize how powerless they were Since the early 1600s Japan completely isolated itself from the Western countries Due to the anti-Christianity attitudes of the Tokugawa Ieyasu Japan prohibited itself from any contact with the Western countries and trade was mostly done with the Dutch and Chinese For the next 200 years although the Japanese made contact with its trade partners and gained information about some of the current developments the western countries were far more advanced Japanese fiefs such as Satsuma and Choshu noticed this when Commodore Matthew C Perry finally succeeded in breaking down the wall of Japans seclusion in 1864 -- What was the impact of Perrys missions on Japan Dissatisfied about the fact that American ship-wrecked sailors were treated very badly by the Japanese the United States sent Perry to negotiate a treaty with Japan In 1853 Perry arrived in large intimidating ships to display their strength and frightened the Japanese Perry was then able to discuss his desire for a treaty for the shipwrecked sailors Unable to make decisions for themselves Tokugawa exposed their weakness by having to ask the imperial leaders whether they supported the American Treaty A year later the actual Treaty of Kanagawa was signed Under strict laws United States was also allowed to trade with Japan After Perry broke down Japans wall of seclusion other Western countries such as England and Russia were encouraged to negotiate treaties as well Gradually shogunates opened a number of major ports for foreign trade While Japan started to trade with other countries they realized that these treaties were rather unfair The new treaties made Japan become ranked as a lower position As foreign countries forced unequal treaties Tokugawa became inept Eventually they started asking advice from various fiefs as well The fiefs who were loyalists disliked the fact that Tokugawa was negotiating with the western
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