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this question is about japan. in 1853, commodore matthew perry sailed a small fleet into an edo harbor and forced the japanese to sign a treaty allowing foreign trade, ending 200 years of shogun-imposed isolation. at this juncture, if i'm not mistaken, japan would've been at a similar level of development as other areas which found themselves colonized by europeans. in your view, what did japan do "right" that allowed them to escape colonization and become a capitalist power in their own right?