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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Japan Avalanche Kills 7 Teenage Mountaineers and a Teacher - New York Times

New York Times

Japan Avalanche Kills 7 Teenage Mountaineers and a Teacher
New York Times
TOKYO Seven teenagers from a high school mountaineering club and a teacher died in an avalanche on Monday in an area of northeastern Japan that had been blanketed by unusually heavy spring snows, the authorities said. The students and the ...
Avalanche Engulfs Student Trip In Japan, Leaving At Least 8 Presumed DeadNPR
Avalanche Strikes Ski Resort in Japan, Killing 7 High School Students, TeacherThe Weather Channel
Avalanche kills 7 students, instructor in JapanTimes Colonist
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Cherry blossom viewing is a springtime phenomena in Japan - The Daily Telegram

The Daily Telegram

Cherry blossom viewing is a springtime phenomena in Japan
The Daily Telegram
From late March into May, Japan transforms from the Land of the Rising Sun to the Land of the Blossoming Cherry Trees. The trees and their delicate white-to-pink blossoms dot the countryside, line park paths and brighten city squares. Their annual ...

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Funeral discounts for ageing Japan drivers who quit - Star2.com

Star2.com

Funeral discounts for ageing Japan drivers who quit
Star2.com
The prospect of a cheaper funeral is being used to entice elderly Japanese drivers to give up their licences as police step up efforts to prevent accidents caused by ageing motorists. Deadly accidents involving elderly drivers are a growing problem in ...



Decoupling Is Hard to Do for Japan Stocks Still Tied to the Yen - Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Decoupling Is Hard to Do for Japan Stocks Still Tied to the Yen
Bloomberg
Japan's stock market is again showing itself handcuffed to U.S. growth prospects and its own currency. Ties tightened in the last week as separate selloffs exceeding 1 percent befell Topix investors for no other reason than the failure of Donald Trump ...

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Japan's top-down corporate culture may be poised for change ... - CNBC

CNBC

Japan's top-down corporate culture may be poised for change ...
CNBC
In a nation known for long working hours and a firm top-down corporate culture, one company is rethinking how it does business. CBRE, one of the world's ...

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Seven students and a teacher die after Japan avalanche video report - The Guardian

The Guardian

Seven students and a teacher die after Japan avalanche video report
The Guardian
Rescue workers in Japan are searching for survivors after an avalanche hit a ski field on Monday. Seven high-school students and a teacher have died, while more than 40 people have been injured. 52 students and 11 teachers were taking part in a three ...



Japanese Students Don't Know US and Japan Fought a War, Ex-Mayor Says - U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report

Japanese Students Don't Know US and Japan Fought a War, Ex-Mayor Says
U.S. News & World Report
"The generation of myself and some of you might not be able to believe this but some people in my generation don't even know that the U.S. and Japan have been engaged in a war, and [have] been enemies in the past," said Toru Hashimoto, 47, the ...
Hashimoto urges US to 'throw fastball' at Japan to raise its security perceptionsThe Japan Times

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Japan partners with UK to study future fighter - Flightglobal

Japan partners with UK to study future fighter
Flightglobal
Japan and the UK have agreed to explore options for co-developing a future fighter aircraft, but Tokyo will also continue discussions on developing a next-generation combat jet with other countries, the Japanese Ministry of Defense says. Japan's ...



As North Korea fires missiles, some in Japan want the ability to ... - Washington Post

Washington Post

As North Korea fires missiles, some in Japan want the ability to ...
Washington Post
TOKYO As the threat from North Korea's missiles grows, so the calls in Japan for a stronger military response are getting louder. An influential group of ...

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As N. Korea fires missiles, some in Japan want the ability to launch strikes - Tribune-Review

As N. Korea fires missiles, some in Japan want the ability to launch strikes
Tribune-Review
TOKYO As the threat from North Korea's missiles grows, so the calls in Japan for a stronger military response are getting louder. An influential group of politicians is publicly arguing for technically pacifist Japan to acquire the ability to strike ...

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