Japan and the USA sign a commerce and friendship treaty

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Historical Context Note

The Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the United States and Japan was signed on the 29th of July, 1858. It opened the ports of Edo, Kobe, Nagasaki, Niigata, and Yokohama to American trade and allowed US citizens to live and trade in those ports under the rule of American consular courts.

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