History of Japanese Immigrants in America

            History of Japanese Immigrants in America

In the year 1893, American warships known as the black ships docked the Edo Bay currently referred to as the Tokyo Bay unannounced. These ships were led by Admiral Matthew Perry who came to demand that Japan should drop the policy of a closed economy that it was employing (Wallner 13). The policy the Japanese were using, “sakoku” restricted any foreigners from entering the nation as while limiting its citizens from leaving the nation tom other countries abroad. This was not to be the case due to the Japanese army being in possession of better technology when compared to what the Americans had, they had no option but to live. Though the American warships that were powered with steam from iron left, they promised to be back the following year. On the dawn of 1854, under the leadership of Shogun signed the Kanagawa treaty reluctantly that allowed the entry of nations into its boundaries. After this treaty was signed, no Japanese nationality left Japan for another country till after 14 years. With this, it does not imply that the treaty was dishonored by the Japanese government; the Japanese chose not to leave by their free will. After the fourteen years had elapsed almost 190 Japanese had travelled to as far ad Guam and Hawaii.


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