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Why did Japan industrialize?

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05/05/2008

In 1853, when the US Navy's Commodore Perry sailed his "warships" into Japanese waters, he opened Japan's culture to the outside world. They had lived in their own "sealed kingdom" (self imposed isolation) before then. When Japan saw the mini-locomotive trains, and latest cannons & hand held firearms (small arms), combined with how easy it was for a foreigner like the US Navy to enter their harbor un-opposed; they knew, if they were to survive, they had to be able to compete on "an equal basis!" This called for "Industrialization!"