From 1633 to 1639, the nation of Japan closed its doors to the outside world at the edicts instituted by Tokugawa Iemitsu. Westerners and Christian missionaries were forcibly removed from mainland Japan, the only point of contact with the Western world being the Dutch outpost on the island of Nagasaki that was operated by the East India Trade Company. It wasn't until 1853 that the gates of Japan were forced open (metaphorically) by Commodore Matthew Perry to American trade and Western influence. What it Tokugawa Iemitsu never issued his edicts closing Japan off to the outside world? How would Japan have changed as a result of having an open policy rather than a closed policy for that 200 year period?