In the context of Japanese history, what does the term uchi harai refer to?

Answer: Uchi Harai was the Japanese government policy of firing on and driving away foreign vessels from the Japanese coastline. It was most notably central to a decree against foreign involvement in 1825. Any foreign vessel, from naval frigate to mere fishing boat, could be targeted.

Source: A History of Japan 1582-1941 by L.M. Cullen

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