||8000 BC||Communities of hunter-gatherers|
||300 BC||Rice farming and metal working started.|
|Kofun-Asuka Period||AD 300||The Yamato clan came into power.
Chinese writing and technology (iron, pottery, weaving, metalwork, architecture) came to Japan.
Confucianism and Buddhism were introduced in the 6th century.
Prince Shotoku established an Imperial government in the 7th century.
|Nara-Heian Period||700||Aristocrats (Emperors and their families) ruled Japan.
|Kamakura-Muromachi Period||1200||Samurai warriors (Shogun and warlords) ruled Japan and competed for power.
||1492 Columbus expedition to America|
|Edo Period||1600||Shogun Tokugawa ruled Japan and closed the country to foreigners.
1854 Commodore Perry forced Japan open for trade.
|1776 American Independence
||1868||The imperial government was restored.
Japan modernized through rapid industrialization and military development.
1894 War against China
1904 War against Russia
1910 Colonized Korea
1931 Manchurian Incident
|1914 World War I
1929 Great Depression
|Showa Period||1939-1945||World War II
1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor
1945 The U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
|Showa-Heisei Period||1945-||Japan became a democracy.
Japan-U.S. Security Treaty
Great economic advancement
|1950 Korean War
1965-1973 War in Vietnam
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