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Japan 1500s - WWII

  • Period: Jan 1, 1500 to


  • Jan 1, 1543

    Portuguese Arrive in Japan

    Portuguese traders arrive in Japan after being blown off course and teach the Japanese how to use guns.
  • Jan 1, 1573

    Oda Nobunaga Ended the warring states period

    Oda Nobunaga was a really famous fighter, where he won many battles and ended the arring states period.
  • Jan 1, 1575

    The Battle of Nagashino

    The Battle of Nagashino was the result of Oda Nobunaga's attempts to unify Japan, and was also a showcase for the new Western weapons they possessed.
  • Battle of Sekigahara Unifies Japan

    More than 160,000 people fought in the Battle of Sekigahara, which unified Japan under the rule of the Tokugawa shoguns.
  • Tokugawa ieyasu and Toyotomi Hideyoshi started a new government

    The two famous Japanese fighters brought a new government and the government lived up 264 years.
  • Seclusion Policy

    In 1633, the Japanese government started the seclusion policy, where the country in dissconnected with other countries. They limit the trades with coutries outside of the peninsula. This seclusion policy happen for 250 years. The government was scared that the people are affected by the outside world, where might be negative to the government. In order limit the amount of changes in beliefs, they made the seclusion policy.
  • American Fleet forcing Japan to cancel the seclusion policy

    In 1853, the American fleet went to Japan to force their trades and stop isolating themmselves from other countries.
  • Meiji Emperor started the Meiji restoration

    After the fallen of the Tokugawa governemnt, Emperor Meiji started a new government. They mainly focus on the economics, culture, education and military forces.
  • Strong Military Forces

    After the changes of the government, they country saved up the money earned to the military forces. Later on, Japan was consider on of the most powerful armies and Navy forces in the Eatern world.
  • First battle between Japan and China

    In 1894, the Japanese Navy defeat the Northern fleet of China. China gave Taiwan as the reward for winning.
  • Japan attacking Russia

    Japan starts to expand its empire by attacking other countries. In 1904, Japan attacked Russia's major port in the South Eatern part of Russia.
  • Conquering Korea

    After Japan occupy Russia's major port, they start to attack Korea.
  • Japan fighting German army

    Japanese fights the German army and conquered the lands of Eartern China.
  • Emperor Showa

    The emperor Showa replaced Emperor Meiji and started to have anm official battle with China. Emperor Showa wanted the lands of China, so he kept on sending troops to conquer the Eastern China.
  • Mukden Incident

    Mukden icident is also known as the Marco Polo bridge icident. The Japanese conquered most of the Northeastern provinces.
  • Sino- Japanese War

    After the Mukden incident, the battle between China and Japan have finally started. Back then China was a really weak country with big lands, so most of the coutries will attack weak countries. After 8 years of battling, the Japanese have surrender to the Chinese.
  • Massacre of Nanking

    20,000 to 80,000 people are murdered in the Japanese massacre of Nanking, the former captiol of China.
  • Japanese destroy Pearl Harbor

    The Japanese destray the Pearl Harbor which was one of the military base for American army. After the Pearl Harbor have been destroyed, a war between Japan and America started.
  • Japanese took control of Singapore

    The Japanese forces start to expand in the Southern part of Asia, by attacking important ports. By taking over Singapore, its easier to go through the Indian Ocean and start to expand their empire.
  • America drops Nuclear bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Japanese have been attacking numbers of countries in the Pacific, so America claiming themselves as the justice country and dropped 2 nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After the 2 nuclear bomb have been dropped the Japanese had surrendered.