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The Development Of The Japanese Shipping Industries In The Post-War Era

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The history of modern Japan began in 1853 with the arrival of Commodore Perry of the U.S. Navy in what is now Tokyo Bay. The political consequences of Commodore Perry's arrival were dramatic. At the beginning of the war with Britain and the U.S.A. in December, 1941, Japan possessed a merchant fleet of just under 6 million gross tons plus a large number of wooden coastal and fishing vessels totalling 1.1 m.tons. The growth in overseas trade naturally provided many opportunities for Japanese shipping. Her exports of silk, coal and textiles supplied bulky cargoes before manufactured goods could be developed and these, together with the import of capital equipment, food and raw materials, meant that the increase in cargoes was always ahead of the rise in the capacity of the Japanese merchant fleet.

Keywords: Britain; Commodore Perry; fishing vessels; Japanese shipping; Tokyo Bay; U.S. Navy



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