Japan

Country Japan
Capital Tokyo
Continent Asia
Currency Yen(JPY)
Languages Japanese, Aynu itak, Ryukyuan languages, Eastern Japanese & Western Japanese

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Introduction

In 1603, after decades of civil warfare, the Tokugawa shogunate (a military-led, dynastic government) ushered in a long period of relative political stability and isolation from foreign influence. For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy a flowering of its indigenous culture. Japan opened its ports after signing the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854 and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and an ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, elected politicians hold actual decision-making power. Following three decades of unprecedented growth, Japan's economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s, but the country remains a major economic power. In January 2009, Japan assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2009-10 term.

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For Japan and U.S., joint drills could signal the start of a new 'normal' - The Japan Times

The Japan Times

For Japan and U.S., joint drills could signal the start of a new 'normal'
The Japan Times
“The North Korea crisis presents Japan, and Prime Minister Abe with an important opportunity to break out of those constraints, which are increasingly obsolete in a much more dangerous and challenging environment,” said Malcolm Davis, a senior defense ...

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Japan minister quits after saying it was 'better' tsunami hit the north of country - The Guardian

The Guardian

Japan minister quits after saying it was 'better' tsunami hit the north of country
The Guardian
The Japanese cabinet minister overseeing reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster resigned on Wednesday after saying it was better the disaster struck the north-eastern region instead of Tokyo. Masahiro ...
Foot-in-mouth disease: Japan's politicians and their gaffesTimes LIVE
Japan minister resigns over remark about 2011 tsunamiThe Seattle Times
Abe Minister Resigns Following Gaffe on Japan's 2011 EarthquakeBloomberg
The Star Online -BBC News
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The Latest: China, Japan urge N. Korea to avoid provocations - Fox News

Fox News

The Latest: China, Japan urge N. Korea to avoid provocations
Fox News
SEOUL, South Korea – The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):. 5 p.m.. The Chinese envoy for North Korea says China and Japan have agreed to coordinate in seeking to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and in urging North Korea ...
The Latest: USS Carl Vinson exercises with Japan air forceKALB News (press release)

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McDonald's Cancels Plans to Sell Stake in Japan After Rebound - Bloomberg

Bloomberg

McDonald's Cancels Plans to Sell Stake in Japan After Rebound
Bloomberg
When McDonald's announced it was studying the prospect of a sale in Jan. 2016, the Japan unit had posted quarterly losses since mid-2014 in the wake of a series of food scandals. Since then, the unit has rebounded and forecast in February that net ...
McDonald's shelves Japan unit sale plansDaily Mail
McDonald's freezes plan to dump Japan unit's sharesNikkei Asian Review
McDonald's drops plan to dump JapanSeeking Alpha
TheStreet.com
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Japan's Shrinking Population - Bloomberg QuickTake - Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Japan's Shrinking Population - Bloomberg QuickTake
Bloomberg
Japan is the world's senior citizen. Decades of improving life expectancy and falling birth rates have produced a rapidly aging and shrinking population.
Min Lan Tan: Japan's labor shortage could be blessing in disguise ...Nikkei Asian Review

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North Korea's Threats Revitalize Preemptive Strike Debate In Japan - Forbes

Forbes

North Korea's Threats Revitalize Preemptive Strike Debate In Japan
Forbes
The idea of preemptive strikes is flying around Northeast Asia. It is difficult to know where all the regional brinkmanship between the U.S. and North Korea will actually go. But one of its clear effects is to bring the legal and technological basis ...
A North Korea nuclear attack would give Japanese citizens just 10 minutes to prepareNEWS.com.au
'You'll have 10 minutes,' Japan warns citizens over North Korean missile threatNewstalk 106-108 fm
Japan warns citizens they might have only 10 minutes to prepare for a North Korean missileWashington Post
New York Post -Fox News -SBS
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Japan Post launches major overhaul of Toll following writedown - The Australian

The Australian

Japan Post launches major overhaul of Toll following writedown
The Australian
After Japan Post Holdings confirmed on Tuesday that it would book a $US3.6 billion ($4.8bn) writedown on Toll, the Japanese company is undertaking a major restructure of Toll which will also see some key executives of the group relocate to Australia.
Japan Post books $4.7b writedown on Toll, flags 1700 job cuts at the businessThe Sydney Morning Herald
Toll to shed another 1700 jobs as Japan Post takes $4.9b write-down on purchaseThe Australian Financial Review
Japan Post Holdings to book net loss over Australia moveAsahi Shimbun
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Japan's crackdown on beer ads leaves sour taste for Hollywood A-listers thirsty for endorsement deals - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Japan's crackdown on beer ads leaves sour taste for Hollywood A-listers thirsty for endorsement deals
Telegraph.co.uk
The industry panel has also called for beer manufacturers to avoid using characters from video games and "anime" titles because they appeal to a younger demographic and may encourage under-age drinking, the Japan Trends website reported.



NZ spied on Japan: NSA document | Otago Daily Times Online News - Otago Daily Times

Radio New Zealand

NZ spied on Japan: NSA document | Otago Daily Times Online News
Otago Daily Times
Information on Japanese whaling was shared with an NSA agent before an International Whaling Commission meeting in Anchorage, Alaska in 2007.
NZ spied on Japan as part of anti-whaling push: Snowden document ...New Zealand Herald
NZ spied on Japan to help US - NSA document - Radio New ZealandRadio New Zealand
NZ spied on Japan for US at whaling forum - report | 1 NEWS NOW ...TVNZ

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Japan's 'evaporated people' have become an obsession for this ... - PRI

PRI

Japan's 'evaporated people' have become an obsession for this ...
PRI
In Japan, it's thought that thousands of people disappear themselves, driven underground by the stigma of debt, job loss, even failing an exam.

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