Editor says, what if the Shimabara Rebellion sparked the opening of Nippon? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site.Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality the Dutch guns did not work effectively. The defenders of Hara Castle sent a mocking message, "Are there no longer courageous soldiers in the realm to do combat with us, and weren't they ashamed to have called in the assistance of foreigners against our small contingent?" At Japanese request, the de Ryp was withdrawn, and, after the rebellion was put down, Japan began the sakoku policy severely limiting commerce and foreign relations. It would last more than two centuries until the arrival of Commodore Perry in 1853. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.