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Von Siebold And The Opening Of Japan

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In 1843, Philipp Franz Von Siebold wrote a memoire, containing his advice to the Ministry. He advised on improving relations, especially trade, and on alleviating the restrictions the Japanese authorities placed on the Dutch and obtaining more freedom of movement for both Dutch and Japanese. Von Siebold's first diplomatic achievement was that, upon his advice, the Minister of Colonial Affairs appointed him to prepare a special Dutch diplomatic mission to Japan. Von Siebold points out that the Netherlands is in a better position than other nations to open Japan, because other nations lack knowledge of the Japanese government and how it works. It is clear that von Siebold tried to convince the Dutch government to send an expedition to open Japan, believing that his adopted country had the best chance of achieving this peacefully.

Keywords: Dutch diplomatic mission; Dutch government; Japan; Japanese government; Netherlands; Philipp Franz Von Siebold



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