Japan

Japan

1854

1854

The USA forces Japan to sign a trade agreement.

1855

1855

Russia and Japan establish diplomatic relations.

1876

1876

Japan forces Korea to sign the treaty of Kanghwa.

1879

1879

Japan holds regional elections, the first democratic elections outside of the West.

1885

1885

China and Japan agree to pull out their troops from Korea.

1894

1894

China sends troops into Korea and Japan invades China.

1895

1895

Japan defeats China and China is forced to cede Taiwan and recognize Japanese supremacy over Korea at the treaty of Shimonoseki.

1902

1902

Japan signs the London treaty with Britain that recognizes Japan's rights in Korea and Britain's rights in China.

1910

1910

Japan annexes Korea and thereby terminates the Choson dynasty .

1917

1917

The Seiyukai wins national elections.

1930

1930

Britain, Japan, France, Italy and the USA sign the London Naval Treaty, an agreement to reduce naval warfare.

Dec. 1936

Dec. 1936

Germany and Japan sign the Anti-Comintern Pact.

1937

1937

Japan begins a secret program of naval construction.

1945

1945

The USA drops two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

1952

1952

The USA returns Japan to independence.