Japan's Second Opening

BOULDER, COLORADO, MARCH 10, 2004--This Japanese wood-block print depicting Commodore Perry's ship stands in sharp contrast t
BOULDER, COLORADO, MARCH 10, 2004--This Japanese wood-block print depicting Commodore Perry's ship stands in sharp contrast to its western counterpart titled 'Perry Carrying the Gospel of God to the Heathen' that 'reminded Americans that Cmmodore Perry's mission was literally divine' so the copy in an exhibit called Black Ships and Samurai which depicts in period drawings the opening of Japan in the late 1800's at the Canyon Gallery in Boulder, 100 Canyon Blvd. (DENVER POST STAFF PHOTO BY GLENN ASAKAWA) (Photo By Glenn Asakawa/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

From Project Syndicate

U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting Tokyo at a unique moment in my country's history, with Japan's economy moving onto a stable new growth path that will take full advantage of its geographic position. Japan no longer considers itself the "Far" East; rather, we are at the very center of the Pacific Rim, and a neighbor to the world's growth center stretching from Southeast Asia to India.