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Japan celebrates 150 years of diplomacy and trade with the U.S.
AFAR
7/8/2003

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Exactly 150 years ago on July 8, 1853 a fleet of black ships led by U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Tokyo Bay. Commander Perry demanded that Japan open diplomatic and commercial relations with the U.S. One year later, Japan agreed to cease its isolation from the rest of the world and open up international trade and diplomacy. In celebration of this historic date in Japanese history, Japan will hold re-enactments, parades and fireworks.

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