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Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism

Lesson E: Modern Japan in a Western World

Activity 3: Japan Industrializes

In 1868, the Tokugawa Shogunate fell and control of Japan returned to the emperor beginning a period known as the Meiji Era. One of the responses by the Meiji Restoration was to industrialize. The Meiji Dynasty realized that in order for Japan to compete with the rest of the world, they had to industrialize. This was important so that Japan could build weapons and ships in order to fit into the modern world.

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Presentation Activity - Japan's Industrialization

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Select the play button to learn about the Japan's Industrialization and then be prepared to discuss how Japan industrialized in the 19th century.

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Classroom Activity - Japan's Industrialization

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Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion questions below. Follow your teacher’s directions to participate in your class discussion.

  • What did Japan have to change in order to industrialize?
  • How was Japan's industrialization process similar and different than those that took place in Western countries?
  • How do you think industrialization impacted the people of Japan?
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