Japan Timeline

  • Nov 11, 1192

    Japanese Feudalism

    Japanese Feudalism
    Japanese Feudalism began in 1192 and it was a system much like the European system. The Shogun had the most power and ruled through the diamyo who controlled the samurai. The peasants then farmed land in exchange for protect from the samurai. There was no social mobility in this system which meant that people had a hard time improving their life condition.
  • Tokugawa Shogunate

    The Tokugawa Shogunate was a feudal regime of Japan. It was established by Tokugawaleyasu. The Tokugawa Shogunate ruled the Edo Castle from 1603 to 1868 until the Meiji Restoration when it was abolished.
  • Commodore Matthew Perry

    Perry was a commodore of the U.S. Navy. He served in several wars, two of which were the American-Mexican War and the War of 1812. Perry helped established a naval curriculum for the United States Naval Academy. Perry also helped modernized the United States Navy.
  • Meiji Restoration

    The Meiji Restoration were the events that led up to restoring imperial rule in Japan. Due to these events, there were large changes in the political and social structure of Japan. Because of the restoration of imperial rule, lives of many japanese people began to westernize.
  • Japanese Territorial Expansion

    The expansion of Japanese territory was a very slow process. However, Japan was able to expand their territory and impose their religious and cultural ideals to large amounts of people.
  • Hiroshima

    Hiroshima is the capital of Hiroshima Perfecture. The city was destroyed by a United States nuclear bomb on April 6, 1945. That bomb killed thousands of people almost instantaneously. However, the bomb did help to shorten the war. Ultimately, Japan rebuilt the city of Hiroshima.
  • Great Depression

    Great Depression
    The Great Depression was an economic depression right after World War II. The depression affected about every country. Unemployment reached over 25% and trade plunged by 50%. People were very poor and were living hand to mouth.
  • Post War Reforms

    After the war, there was attempts to draft a new constitution. On November 3, 1946, a new draft was passed and it focused on the principles of popular sovereignty and pacifism. In addtion, there was also a focus on the purge of "undesirables" from public office, land reform, and the dissolution of the zaibatsu.
  • Economic Miracle

    This statement refers to the unbelievable economic growth that Japan experience right after World War II. This growth is believed to have occured due to the United States assistance and the the interventionism of the Japanese government. After World War II, war expenses threatened to destroy Japan. Many people would have been very poor and their lives could have been changed due to their country going under. However, because of this economic growth, people could go back to living normally.
  • Tsunami (2011)

    Tsunami (2011)
    The tsunami of 2011 was one of the largest tsunamis that ever hit the east coast of Japan. It had a magnitude of 9, with waves that reached 40.5 meters. The tsunami created many nuclear accidents which means many people had to move away from their homes or leave their jobs until things were cleared. The tsunami also killed about 16,000 and injured 27,000.