Tokugawa Period

1603 - 1868

This period coincides with when Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country's 300 regional daimyōs. This period was known for its strict feudal society under the rule of descendants of Tokugawa Leyasu

Emperor Kangxi

1662 - 1722

Emperor Kangxi was known for governng the Qing Empire and for being a top-tier military leader. He believed in educating others based on confucian analects.

Canton System

1757 - 1842

The canton system was created as a means for china to control trade with the west. All foreign trade arrving to China would be confined to Canton. This is synonymous with when foreign sailors would be confined in Canton specifically.

Opium Wars

1839 - 1860

This war was sparked by the seizure of opium imports by chinese officials. Great Britain irate, engages in war- to which causes china to have a humiliating defeat, relinquishing Hong Kong. This would later form the spheres of influence

The opening to Japan


Commodore Matthew Perry led his 4 ships to Tokyo Harbor in Japan demanding that the ports open. The United States was seeking to re-establish commerce and trade routes from the West to Japan-this would lead to the meiji restoration.

Self-Strengthening Movement

1860 - 1895

The Self-Strengthening Movement was a result of China's military and economical ambitions. Due to their past defeats to foreign powers, China had hoped to grow stronger as a world power.

Modernization of Japan

1868 - 1894

This is also known as the meiji restoration where Japan shifted from an agrarian society to a more industrialzed and western one.

Japan accepts Yen as currency

June 27th, 1871

The Japanese adapted silver coinage and introduced the name of this newlyfound currency as yen, this would go on to be present day currency.

Russo-Japanese War

1904 - 1905

During this time period, imperialism was a rather relevant concept. This war is based from competition between Japan and Russia over the acquistion of Manchuria and Northern China.

Kim Il Sung

1912 - 1994

Kim Il Sung was the first Supreme Leader and the first and last president of North Korea. Kim Il Sung is known for his notable presence in the Korean War in his plans to occupy South Korea.

Long March

1934 - 1935

During this time period, China had prevalent civil wars, Mao Zedong's Long March was a Red Army miltary retreat in order to prevent any further destruction from Kuomingtang army.

Sino-Japanese War

1937 - 1945

This was similar and comprised of the North American colonies against the British colonies, that resulted in British victory are the forging of the Treaty of paris

Korean War

1950 - 1953

North and South Korea, Communist vs Capitalist, clashed over the ideal on who would occupy the whole region of Korea. North Korea received the aid of communist nations like china and South Korea received the aid of the United States, a significant world power.

Mao's Five Year Plan

1953 - 1957

Having restored a rather stable economc base, Mao Zedong, was prepared to engage on an intensive program of industrial growth and socialization. This economic development was communist-esque.

Vietnam War

1959 - 1975

As a result of imperialism, after France had occupied VIetnam, the vietnam war was a direct result of the first Indochina war. Prevalent occupation led to more rising conflicts.

North Korea's agricultural decline

1990 - 2011

The North Korean Economy was notorous for being economically undermined. The nation was deprived of basic farming tools and resources such as fertlizers leading to a significant declne.

Asian Financial Crisis

July 1997

Due to currency converison confusions and rising debt , many nations in East Asia had hit a crash in their economies. Many feared that this crisis would lead to an inevitable economic meltdown.

Coincheck: Digital Currency Theft (Japan)

January 27th, 2018

As digital currency grows prevalent in Japan, Coincheck was recently hacked by cyber thieves and was not able to reimburse tons of transactions to paying customers. This large scale theft would lead to law -suits and more caution to digital currency.

Kim Jong Un steps into South Koreakim

April 27th, 2018

Kim Jong Un was the first supreme leader from North Korea to cross the border into South Korea since 1953. KIm Jong Un made an effort to relieve rising global hostilties.