Lead: Usually the Russo-Japanese War which began in 1904 is studied because of its effects on the Czarist regime in Russia, but it also brought profound changes in Japan which helped lead decades later to World War II.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: After initial contact with the wider world through the efforts of Portuguese traders and Roman Catholic missionaries, in the early 1600s the military government of the Tokugowa Shogunate began to restrict foreign contacts and eradicate Japanese “kirishitans.” This resistance to foreign influence and trade ended officially with the visit of U.S. Naval Commodore Perry in 1854.

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