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Western Influence on Japan


Japan, as a nation, is a continually changing society. Ever since
western nations became involved with Japan, its changes over recent times
have increased at a substantial rate. Japan now faces cultural, economical
and social differences as a result of the western involvement. The
involvement was initiated by the Japanese themselves, beginning during the
Meiji Period1 through current times. As time increases, Japan is slowly
becoming more 'westernized' because of western involvement. Western
involvement is greatly affecting Japan.

Western involvement began in Japan during the late 1800's. The Meiji
dynasty helped to carry it through, seeing the importance of western ideas.
"Learn all you can from the Europeans and Americans"2 was what Emperor
Meiji was saying to the Japanese in 1867. During this period, Japan agreed
to change it's hereditary authority and class barriers between its people.3
Japan also opened their ports during this period4 and sold fuel to other
countries such as the Us.5 The Japanese language took a major turn, too,
with the addition of borrowed words from all over the world.6 Japan
borrowed the American education system of elementary, middle school and
universities during this time.7 A new western style army and universal
military conscription program were soon set up by General Yamagata Autamo
as well.8 The Meiji period was an important part of Japan's changing
western ways. After World War II, Japan changed forever. With the Atomic
bomb physically destroying their cities, and their defeat destroying their
imperialistic mentalities, Japan was deeply wounded. Japan lost the
respect of the world during the war and few people felt sorry f...


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...R. Japan. p.113. 22 Davidson, Judith. Japan -
Where East Meets West, p.107. 23 Pitts, Forrest R. Japan. p.46. 24 Davidson,
Judith. Japan - Where East Meets West, p.101. 25 p.94. 26 Miller, Richard J.
and Katoh, Lynn. Japan, p.57-58. 27 Greene, Carol. Enchantment of the World,
Japan, p.97. 28 Pitts, Forrest R. Japan. p.78. 29 Davidson, Judith. Japan
- Where East Meets West, p.48.


Works Cited:

Davidson, Judith. Japan - Where East Meets West. Minnesota: Dillon Press
Inc., 1983.

Greene, Carol. Enchantment of the World, Japan. Chicago: Regensteiner
Publishing Enterprises Inc., 1983.

Miller, Richard J. and Katoh, Lynn. Japan. New York: Franklyn Watts Inc.,
1969.

Pitts, Forrest R. Japan. Canada: Fideler Company., 1974.

Reischauer, Edwin O. The United States and Japan. Massachusettes: Harvard
University Press, 1965.


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