- 24 Jun 2003
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gs001 said:250 years? as I know it was 1860's that Japanese realized
the power of west when a US fleet arrived at Japanese harbor
and threatened to fire and immediately Japan began to reform
No, it was in the early 1600s that Tokugawa Ieyasu and his immediate successors realized that Spain, Portugal and other European powers posed a threat and completely shut the west (except to a very limited extent Holland) out of Japan until Commodore Perry's arrival in 1853-1854, ie 250 years like I said. Throughout the early 19th century the Japanese had rebuked efforts by the English, French, Americans and Russians to make them open up and it was only in the face of irresistable force that they relented.
gs001 said:yes, they fiercely resisted the Mongols, but if that gale
not blow and Mongols successfully landed, what would happen?
They probably would have been conquered, but that is completely irrelevant. You said Japan "only worships power" and if that were true you would expect them to have welcomed the Mongols with open arms, but they didn't.