Shimabara Peninsula (島原半島 Shimabara-hantō ) is east of Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyūshū, Japan. On its north-eastern tip stands Shimabara City. It was also the site of the Shimabara Rebellion, a 1637-1638 peasant revolt led by Christians. This further reinforced distrust of Christians and foreigners by Shogun Iemitsu and contributed to the 1639 decision to isolate Japan from the outside world. From then on the Dutch and the Chinese were the only ones permitted to enter Japan through Nagasaki in a very limited fashion until Japan was reopened again (Hane, Modern Japan: A Historical Survey, p. 24).
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