Nippon (or Nihon)
  • John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The house of Yamato, from about 500 b.c. the rulers of one of several kingdoms, in about a.d. 200 united the nation; the present imperial family are their direct descendants. From 1186 until 1867 successive families of Shoguns exercised the temporal power. In 1867 the Emperor Meiji recovered the imperial power after the abdication on 14 Oct. 1867 of the fifteenth and last Tokugawa Shogun Keiki (in different pronunciation: Yoshinobu). In 1871 the feudal system (Hōken Seido) was abolished; this was the beginning of the rapid westernization.


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