Japan 1837 CE

Japan's isolation continues under the Tokugawa shogunate, while the world changes around it.

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What is happening in Japan in 1837CE

Japan’s isolation continues under the Tokugawa shogunate. It is apparent to some Japanese, however,  that the world about them is changing. Foreign ships are more frequently seen off the shores of Japan and, on one occasion (1808), a squadron of British ships enters Nagasaki harbour, looking for Dutch ships. There is a growing sense of unease in many quarters, encouraged by increasing famines and rising peasant unrest. In the field of medicine, for example, the first dissections allowed in Japan shows that Western medical knowledge is far in advance of Japanese.

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