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This one page reading plus one page of questions summarizes the danger that imperialism posed to Japan, and how Japan was able to modernize and compete with the West. It includes a discussion of Commodore Matthew Perry and the Treaty of Kanagawa, the Meiji Restoration, Japan's drive to modernize and westernize through the practice of selective borrowing, and the results of a powerful new Japan. This is designed for middle school or high school students. The reading is visually appealing and broken into chunks. It can be used for classwork, homework, research or as a platform for projects. Questions are content based and designed to target essential content acquisition. If interested in similar readings on the Imperialist era, check other offerings by this author. A set of 7 readings is available as an Imperialism Unit (plus lesson suggestions).