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Japan is a group of islands situated east of Korea.

European contact with Japan

The Portuguese had reached Japan by 1543 and soon began trading. As well as trade, European interest in Japan centred around Christian missions. However by 1587 the Tokugawa government, irritated by factional disputes between missionary orders and worried about foreign influence, banned missionaries. By 1597 the active persecution of Christians had started.