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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China Sets An Easier Goal In Its Dangerous Maritime Contest With Japan - Forbes

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China Sets An Easier Goal In Its Dangerous Maritime Contest With Japan
Forbes
China's use of two jets last week to intercept a U.S. air force atmospheric research plane over a sea that it disputes with Japan might look slightly over the top. But over the top doesn't mean surprise. China sent vessels on more than 30 days last ...



Japan govt keeps its views of the economy unchanged in May - The Edge Markets MY

Japan govt keeps its views of the economy unchanged in May
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TOKYO (May 24): Japan's government has kept unchanged for May its overall assessment of the economy — that it is recovering gradually, though pockets of weakness remain. On all topics evaluated, which include household spending, capital expenditure ...

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Secom breaks ranks to highlight reform failures of Japan Inc - Financial Times

Financial Times

Secom breaks ranks to highlight reform failures of Japan Inc
Financial Times
At least 600 other defined benefit corporate pension funds — belonging to Japan's biggest and best-known companies — have decided against adopting a code that would oblige them both to publicly disclose their annual meeting voting patterns and to ...



India, Japan JV to set up LNG import terminal in Sri Lanka - Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times

India, Japan JV to set up LNG import terminal in Sri Lanka
Hindustan Times
The India-Japan collaboration comes after a string of Chinese successes in Sri Lanka. China has managed to revive its flagship $ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City project and is also engaged in expansion of major infrastructure projects it built in the past.

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Japan's TBS and Nikkei Head Video Platform Launch - Variety

Variety

Japan's TBS and Nikkei Head Video Platform Launch
Variety
Six of the biggest media companies in Japan are to launch a new video platform. It will be specifically targeted at smartphone users. Called Premium Platform Japan, the new venture will launch in July and begin pay-streaming services in April of next year.



Japan women's basketball team satisfied with experience in U.S. - The Japan Times

The Japan Times

Japan women's basketball team satisfied with experience in U.S.
The Japan Times
The provisional Japan women's national basketball team made a two-week trip to the United States from April 30 to play some practice games against WNBA squads, and the players and coaches believe it was an important experience. During the team's stay ...



Conspiracy Bill Advances in Japan Despite Surveillance Fears - New York Times

New York Times

Conspiracy Bill Advances in Japan Despite Surveillance Fears
New York Times
TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan won a crucial vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday on an anti-conspiracy bill that he said was needed to fight terrorism but that critics feared could give the authorities broad surveillance powers ...
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What the Northwest Could Learn From Japan's Eco-Friendly 'Smart Homes' - KCTS 9

What the Northwest Could Learn From Japan's Eco-Friendly 'Smart Homes'
KCTS 9
What the Northwest Could Learn From Japan's Eco-Friendly 'Smart Homes'. Smart cities: They're eco-friendly, and they're also better prepared for when the next big one hits because they're filled with “smart homes” that supply their own power when ...



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American Football Dreams Of Japan For 'My Instincts Are The ... - NPR
NPR
Apart from from Buddhist temples, parts of Japan sure do look like Central Illinois. At least that's the story sweetly told in director Chris Strong's video for "My ...

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Japan's most popular porn star Kohey Nishi, 24, is just 3ft 6in tall and dominates the country's X-rated movie scene - The Sun

The Sun

Japan's most popular porn star Kohey Nishi, 24, is just 3ft 6in tall and dominates the country's X-rated movie scene
The Sun
A 24-year-old man who has an incurable growth-stunting disease and looks like a SCHOOLBOY is taking Japanese porn by storm. Kohey Nishi stands at just three-foot six-inches tall but is one of the industry biggest stars and earns a living having sex ...

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