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To the present day Japan retains its identity with elements of its ancient heritage. Set back for decades due to its lack of natural resources the economy has rapidly developed from the 1990's as an educated public took advantage of the tech economy. A hub of both grunt programming tech entrepreneurship is transforming the nation to a high standard of living.
Japan's other industries are based on its reputation as an "ancient land" for fishing and tourism. Japan's government is a unique form of representative-administrative monarchy based on the relationship of the Samurai military caste, the Emperor and the common citizens. While classified as a Buddhist country Japan's native religion Shintoism has retaken prominence during the 20th century.
A Declining Shogunate 1800-1860
By 1800 the Tokugawa Shonguate had ruled over Japan for two centuries, governed by a strict policy of isolation since 1632. Long at peace Japan had enjoyed growth but did not technologically advance with the west. As the population and economy grew Japan found itself chocked by its own success and suffered from food shortage and domestic violence as the land by itself could not sustain a growing people. The westernization of Qing-China caused greater alarm but few political figures grasped the situation of western imperialism of a modernizing China. The Shoguns at the time viewed China in similar terms to earlier dynasty. They believed the situation reflected the history's of China tributary system and did not see the possibility of China or a western power dominating their country.
Spheres of Influences 1860-1900
Rise of the East Asian Confederation 1900-1940
A return to Tradition 1940-1980
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