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, a New Military Satellite and, Maybe Later, a New Emperor - Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy

For Japan, a New Military Satellite and, Maybe Later, a New Emperor
Foreign Policy
The slow but steady shifting of Japan's postwar pacifism got another boost Tuesday, when Tokyo launched its first military communications satellite. The Kirameki-2 satellite is the first of three poised to replace the civilian satellites the Japanese ...
Japan's Military Launches First Communications SatelliteABC News
Japan's military launches its first communications satelliteChristian Science Monitor
Japan launches first military communications satelliteLivemint
Spaceflight Now
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Japanese Emperor's Abdication Moves a Step Closer - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Japanese Emperor's Abdication Moves a Step Closer
Wall Street Journal
TOKYO—There is a strong case for allowing Japan's 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to step down, a government panel said on Monday, giving Parliament a green light to permit the first abdication in the nation's modern history. The emperor expressed his ...
Japan Explores Ways For Emperor To Abdicate The ThroneNPR
Japan in Depth / Abdication panel shows consideration for DietThe Japan News
Panel to issue report supporting Japan Emperor abdicationThe Hindu
New York Times -Tampabay.com (blog) -Christian Science Monitor
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Constant snow for Japan - Aljazeera.com

Constant snow for Japan
Aljazeera.com
This season's snow in Japan has been measured in metres rather than centimetres. This is not just in Hokkaido but now throughout Honshu. This is clearly good news for the ski resorts, but often an annoyance in towns and cities where travel is the first ...

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Japanese military entices academics to break taboo - Science Magazine

Science Magazine

Japanese military entices academics to break taboo
Science Magazine
In 1950, Japan's scientific community, chastened by the complicity of researchers in their nation's disastrous military adventurism, took an extraordinary vow. “To preserve our integrity as scientists, we express our firm commitment both domestically ...



Japan Box Office: 'Your Name' Reclaims Top Spot After Five Months of Release - Variety

Variety

Japan Box Office: 'Your Name' Reclaims Top Spot After Five Months of Release
Variety
TOKYO — Megahit animation, “Your Name” reclaimed the top spot at the Japanese box office in its 22nd week on release. For the subdued Jan. 21-22 weekend the film grossed $1.53 million from 124,000 admissions, with Toho distributing. Martin Scorsese's ...

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Starbucks addicts in Japan now have a more stylish way to pay - CNET

CNET

Starbucks addicts in Japan now have a more stylish way to pay
CNET
Tap-to-pay key fobs, those gadgets you dangle off a key chain and wave or tap over a payment device to debit from a linked account, are nothing new. But they're usually ugly, functional-looking plastic thingamabobs. Not in Japan, though. Starbucks ...

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STYLE FILES / Kanken and anello — the backpacks sweeping Japan - The Japan News

The Japan News

STYLE FILES / Kanken and anello — the backpacks sweeping Japan
The Japan News
By Akira Miura / Special to The Japan NewsBackpacks are seldom seen as elegant, even those by luxury brands. Nevertheless, people all over Japan carry them, perhaps because they're comfortable or because the current era is not one for dressing ...

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China boycotts Japan hotel chain APA over Nanjing Massacre denials - CNN

CNN

China boycotts Japan hotel chain APA over Nanjing Massacre denials
CNN
Chinese tourists have been a huge boon to Japan's economy in recent years. In 2016, they became the biggest spenders of all foreign visitors to the country, spending over $13 billion, according to state media. On Tuesday, China's state-run news agency ...
China tourism body backs boycott of Japanese hotel group APAReuters
Massacre Row: China urges boycott of Japan hotel groupThe Daily Star
APA hotel incident only tip of iceberg of Japan's ultra-right wing's history-revisingShanghai Daily (subscription)
Nikkei Asian Review
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Japan's vending machines tell you a lot about the country's culture ... - Business Insider

Business Insider

Japan's vending machines tell you a lot about the country's culture ...
Business Insider
There are a few reasons why vending machines are ubiquitous in Japan.

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Japan will appeal to Trump to save TPP - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Japan will appeal to Trump to save TPP
Radio New Zealand
Financial Times Tokyo correspondent Leo Lewis said Mr Trump's move was being seen as a big defeat for the Japanese government, although it was being welcomed by the agriculture lobby. Australia is insisting the deal can be made to work, and has ...
Japan to Keep Pushing Free Trade as Trump Exits Pacific PactWall Street Journal
TPP meaningless without US: JapanSBS
Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe still holding out hope for the TPPThe Australian Financial Review
Anadolu Agency -ZDNet -Sputnik International
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