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Japanese Spirit, Western things

In the article, “Japanese Spirit, Western things” the author assumes a cause and effect relationship between the opening up of Japan to world trade and international relations by Commodore Perry of the United States Navy in 1853 and the development of Japan as a major economic power. The author thus pushes back the cause of what has been called the “miracle” of Japan from the post-Second World War era, when the US occupied Japan and set about to reconstruct the country as a liberal, pacifist democracy to a much earlier period. The US sent Perry to compel Japan to open herself up to the world, to end two centuries or so of self-imposed isolation. Japan did have contact with Europeans,…