Aim: What was the impact of imperialism on Japan?
Do Now: China multiple-choice questions.
Another country to encounter Western imperialism was Japan.
Two hundred years earlier, the rulers of Japan, the Tokugawa Shogunate, had almost completely cut off Japan from European trade (experienced a time of peace and prosperity).
Japanese were forbidden to travel to other countries and foreigners were banned from Japan.
In 1853, the United States government sent Commodore Matthew Perry with a navy to halt the mistreatment of shipwrecked American sailors.
Also- U.S. wanted to develop new markets and to establish a port where American ships could obtain supplies on their way to China.
Fearing what happened in China- Japan opened their ports to American trade.
Other countries soon followed (British, Russians, and Dutch).
How does this image display the impact of western imperialism?
The Meiji Restoration:
Emperor Meiji, new ruler, was convinced that they needed to adopt Western ways if it wanted to escape future domination by Western powers.
Invited foreigners to modernize its military, establish factories, built railroads and reform schools.
Under Emperor Meiji, Japan successfully imitated and adapted to Western ways.