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The Japanese were to be kept within Japan’s own boundaries. Strict
rules were set to prevent them from leaving the country, and if any such
attempt was made, they would face penalty of death. Europeans that
entered Japan illegally would face the death penalty as well.
Catholicism was strictly forbidden. Those found practicing the
Christian faith were subject to investigation, and anyone associated
with Catholicism would be punished. To encourage the search for those
who still followed Christianity, rewards were given to those who were
willing to turn them in. Prevention of missionary activity was also
stressed by the edict; no missionary was allowed to enter, and if
apprehended by the government, he would face harsh sentences.
Trade restrictions and strict limitations on goods were set to limit
the ports open to trade, and the merchants who would be allowed to
engage in trade. Relations with the Portuguese were cut off entirely;
Chinese merchants and those of the Dutch were restricted to enclaves in Nagasaki. Trade was also conducted with China through the semi-independent vassal kingdom of ryuk with korea via the Tushima domain, and with the and also Ainu peoplethrough the matsumae domain.
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Jun 11th, 2015
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