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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The ĎJapan modelí that brought coronavirus to heel - Financial Times
  1. The ĎJapan modelí that brought coronavirus to heel  Financial Times
  2. Japan pushes homegrown vaccines for coronavirus to secure supply  Kyodo News Plus
  3. How the coronavirus is changing working styles in Japan  The Mainichi
  4. Coronavirus latest: Cardboards in demand in Japan for partitions  Nikkei Asian Review
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Only 30% of Japan firms in US eye full return to offices: survey - Kyodo News PlusOnly 30% of Japan firms in US eye full return to offices: survey  Kyodo News Plus

Japan OKs saliva-using virus test as safer, easier measure - Kyodo News PlusJapan OKs saliva-using virus test as safer, easier measure  Kyodo News Plus

Japan stocks hit highest in more than 3 months on economic hopes - Economic TimesJapan stocks hit highest in more than 3 months on economic hopes  Economic Times

The secret of Japan's success in combating COVID-19 - The Japan TimesThe secret of Japan's success in combating COVID-19  The Japan Times

After Reality Starís Death, Japan Vows to Rip the Mask Off Online Hate - The New York TimesAfter Reality Starís Death, Japan Vows to Rip the Mask Off Online Hate  The New York Times

Walking and texting? Japan city ready to say no - Nikkei Asian ReviewWalking and texting? Japan city ready to say no  Nikkei Asian Review

Automating Factories Creates $100 Billion Japan Corporate Giant - BloombergAutomating Factories Creates $100 Billion Japan Corporate Giant  Bloomberg

South Korea Reopens WTO Complaint Over Japan's Export Curbs - VOA NewsSouth Korea Reopens WTO Complaint Over Japan's Export Curbs  VOA News

Japan's tourism industry adapts to the new normal - NHK WORLDJapan's tourism industry adapts to the new normal  NHK WORLD

I started to miss brazenly beautiful Japan before I'd even left - The GuardianI started to miss brazenly beautiful Japan before I'd even left  The Guardian

Japan faces second wave of infections in Tokyo and Fukuoka - The Straits TimesJapan faces second wave of infections in Tokyo and Fukuoka  The Straits Times

Japan's all-male boards face gender reckoning - Financial TimesJapan's all-male boards face gender reckoning  Financial Times

Japan launches surprise fireworks to lift spirits amid pandemic - BBC NewsJapan launches surprise fireworks to lift spirits amid pandemic  BBC News

Japan's new space squadron takes a giant leap forward - The Japan TimesJapan's new space squadron takes a giant leap forward  The Japan Times

Coronavirus-linked business failures top 200 in Japan - The Japan TimesCoronavirus-linked business failures top 200 in Japan  The Japan Times

Japan braces for second wave of infection - NHK WORLDJapan braces for second wave of infection  NHK WORLD

Rise of the robots: Automating factories creates $100 billion Japan corporate giant - The Japan TimesRise of the robots: Automating factories creates $100 billion Japan corporate giant  The Japan Times

Facilities in Japan cautioned against hypochlorous acid misting to fight COVID-19 - The MainichiFacilities in Japan cautioned against hypochlorous acid misting to fight COVID-19  The Mainichi

Testing Is Key to Beating Coronavirus, Right? Japan Has Other Ideas - The New York TimesTesting Is Key to Beating Coronavirus, Right? Japan Has Other Ideas  The New York Times

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez tempted to Japan by Ryota Murata, a 'LeBron James-type' figure and a national icon - Sky SportsSaul 'Canelo' Alvarez tempted to Japan by Ryota Murata, a 'LeBron James-type' figure and a national icon  Sky Sports

Predator snails fend off the invasion of barnacles in Japan - The Conversation CAPredator snails fend off the invasion of barnacles in Japan  The Conversation CA

Tokyoites cautiously step out as Japan reopens for business - Nikkei Asian ReviewTokyoites cautiously step out as Japan reopens for business  Nikkei Asian Review

Japan ends its COVID-19 state of emergency - Science MagazineJapan ends its COVID-19 state of emergency  Science Magazine

Southwest Japan bakery a sitting duck as baby birds plunge to the ground - The MainichiSouthwest Japan bakery a sitting duck as baby birds plunge to the ground  The Mainichi

Japan's service sector activity shrinks for fourth month in May: PMI - WNWN-FMJapan's service sector activity shrinks for fourth month in May: PMI  WNWN-FM

Covid 19 coronavirus: Kiwi tourists may be allowed into Japan under proposed plan - New Zealand HeraldCovid 19 coronavirus: Kiwi tourists may be allowed into Japan under proposed plan  New Zealand Herald

Output of masks with Japan flag logo halted amid false online claim - The MainichiOutput of masks with Japan flag logo halted amid false online claim  The Mainichi

Southwest Japan city sees 12 new coronavirus cases, cluster suspected at school - The MainichiSouthwest Japan city sees 12 new coronavirus cases, cluster suspected at school  The Mainichi

Australia travel: Aussies among first allowed into Japan under proposed tourism plan - 7NEWS.com.auAustralia travel: Aussies among first allowed into Japan under proposed tourism plan  7NEWS.com.au

Baseball: Practice games resume in Japan after virus halt - Kyodo News PlusBaseball: Practice games resume in Japan after virus halt  Kyodo News Plus

Japan could link IMF Lebanon aid to Ghosn return - Asia TimesJapan could link IMF Lebanon aid to Ghosn return  Asia Times

AM Best: Growing COVID-19-Driven Pressures on Japan Life Insurance Market Prompted Outlook Revision to Negative (AM BestTV) - Business WireAM Best: Growing COVID-19-Driven Pressures on Japan Life Insurance Market Prompted Outlook Revision to Negative (AM BestTV)  Business Wire

Japan's Banking Minnows Swim in Risky Waters - BloombergJapan's Banking Minnows Swim in Risky Waters  Bloomberg

Japanese city aims to ban phone use while walking - CNAJapanese city aims to ban phone use while walking  CNA

Saudi envoy praises Japan's support for Donors' Conference for Yemen - ArabnewsSaudi envoy praises Japan's support for Donors' Conference for Yemen  Arabnews

Japan's new contact-tracing app: 'security blanket' or effective tool? - The Japan TimesJapan's new contact-tracing app: 'security blanket' or effective tool?  The Japan Times

Agricultural PV emerges as Japan's next opportunity - pv magazine InternationalAgricultural PV emerges as Japan's next opportunity  pv magazine International

Japanís contact-tracing method is old but gold - Asia TimesJapanís contact-tracing method is old but gold  Asia Times

Japan aims to revive virus-hit tourism industry by footing bill - Kyodo News PlusJapan aims to revive virus-hit tourism industry by footing bill  Kyodo News Plus

Bond Traders in Japan Canít Stop Fretting Over Long-End Supply - BloombergBond Traders in Japan Canít Stop Fretting Over Long-End Supply  Bloomberg

West Japan exec arrested for allegedly scalping 16000 masks - The MainichiWest Japan exec arrested for allegedly scalping 16000 masks  The Mainichi

'Silence is betrayal': Japan's Naomi Osaka adds voice to US protests - CNA'Silence is betrayal': Japan's Naomi Osaka adds voice to US protests  CNA

Japan workplace bullying rules feared to spur necktied menaces - Nikkei Asian ReviewJapan workplace bullying rules feared to spur necktied menaces  Nikkei Asian Review

Japan fires back at criticism of virus-relief program implementation - The Japan TimesJapan fires back at criticism of virus-relief program implementation  The Japan Times

Top Japan gov't exec left no record of sakura party guests recommended by PM Abe - The MainichiTop Japan gov't exec left no record of sakura party guests recommended by PM Abe  The Mainichi

Japan, Britain foreign ministers share 'deep concern' over Hong Kong - The MainichiJapan, Britain foreign ministers share 'deep concern' over Hong Kong  The Mainichi

Japan's new graduate recruiting fully starts amid coronavirus scare - The Japan TimesJapan's new graduate recruiting fully starts amid coronavirus scare  The Japan Times

Japan's cash balance hits new high as BOJ pumps out money to combat pandemic - The Japan TimesJapan's cash balance hits new high as BOJ pumps out money to combat pandemic  The Japan Times

Coronavirus: Updates on major shops, facilities as economy reopens in Japan - Kyodo News PlusCoronavirus: Updates on major shops, facilities as economy reopens in Japan  Kyodo News Plus

Southern Arc Announces Disposition of Japan Gold Shares and Subscription in Private Placement of Japan Gold - Junior Mining NetworkSouthern Arc Announces Disposition of Japan Gold Shares and Subscription in Private Placement of Japan Gold  Junior Mining Network

Is Japan Home To The Latest Greatest Coronavirus Travel Deal? - ForbesIs Japan Home To The Latest Greatest Coronavirus Travel Deal?  Forbes

No screaming, please: Japan amusement parks issue new Covid-19 guidelines - CNNNo screaming, please: Japan amusement parks issue new Covid-19 guidelines  CNN

Second wave of infections may be emerging in Japan - NHK WORLDSecond wave of infections may be emerging in Japan  NHK WORLD

How one man's efforts saved Japan's postwar democracy and the SDF - The Japan TimesHow one man's efforts saved Japan's postwar democracy and the SDF  The Japan Times

Sunwolves, Japan Rugby Football Union to mull team's future - The MainichiSunwolves, Japan Rugby Football Union to mull team's future  The Mainichi

Why Japan Doesn't Learn English - Foreign PolicyWhy Japan Doesn't Learn English  Foreign Policy

From near disaster to success story: how Japan has tackled coronavirus - The GuardianFrom near disaster to success story: how Japan has tackled coronavirus  The Guardian

Some Japanese Whiskies Arenít From Japan. Some Arenít Even Whisky. - The New York TimesSome Japanese Whiskies Arenít From Japan. Some Arenít Even Whisky.  The New York Times

Coronavirus: State of emergency lifted in most of Japan - BBC NewsCoronavirus: State of emergency lifted in most of Japan  BBC News

Plug and Play Japan has selected 104 startups for their Summer/Fall 2020 Batch - PRNewswirePlug and Play Japan has selected 104 startups for their Summer/Fall 2020 Batch  PRNewswire

Japan may veto Lebanon's IMF bailout until officials agree to deport Ghosn - AutoblogJapan may veto Lebanon's IMF bailout until officials agree to deport Ghosn  Autoblog

Remote cheering app could boost atmosphere in Japan's empty stadiums - The GuardianRemote cheering app could boost atmosphere in Japan's empty stadiums  The Guardian

Japan to forgo shift to Sept. start of school year from 2021 - Kyodo News PlusJapan to forgo shift to Sept. start of school year from 2021  Kyodo News Plus

These are all the countries and regions affected by Japan's entry ban - Time OutThese are all the countries and regions affected by Japan's entry ban  Time Out

Unrest Strains Nerves in NYC - NHK WORLDUnrest Strains Nerves in NYC  NHK WORLD

Japan quells rumors it will pay for half of visitors' expenses - The Japan TimesJapan quells rumors it will pay for half of visitors' expenses  The Japan Times

Emerald Bioscience Announces Awarding of Patent for Cannabidiol-Valine-Hemisuccinate in Japan - GlobeNewswireEmerald Bioscience Announces Awarding of Patent for Cannabidiol-Valine-Hemisuccinate in Japan  GlobeNewswire

Japan Falls Into Recession, and Worse Lies Ahead - The New York TimesJapan Falls Into Recession, and Worse Lies Ahead  The New York Times

Japan skies lit up to lift spirits amid COVID-19 pandemic - Gulf NewsJapan skies lit up to lift spirits amid COVID-19 pandemic  Gulf News

The Baddest Ferrari Testarossa on Earth is in Japan - Motor TrendThe Baddest Ferrari Testarossa on Earth is in Japan  Motor Trend

Calm before the storm for Japan suicides as coronavirus ravages economy - ReutersCalm before the storm for Japan suicides as coronavirus ravages economy  Reuters

Japan's ANA leads way as masks become new normal in virus-era air travel - The Japan TimesJapan's ANA leads way as masks become new normal in virus-era air travel  The Japan Times

Why Hitler Secretly Met With a Japanese General During WWII - HistoryWhy Hitler Secretly Met With a Japanese General During WWII  History

Japanese banks to link e-money with popular Suica transit card - Nikkei Asian ReviewJapanese banks to link e-money with popular Suica transit card  Nikkei Asian Review

Why Did the Chinese Coast Guard Pursue a Japanese Fishing Boat in the East China Sea? - The DiplomatWhy Did the Chinese Coast Guard Pursue a Japanese Fishing Boat in the East China Sea?  The Diplomat

In Japan, gearing up for a new type of job market - The Japan TimesIn Japan, gearing up for a new type of job market  The Japan Times

Japan's law against power harassment goes into effect - The Japan TimesJapan's law against power harassment goes into effect  The Japan Times

China's border invasion will push India toward the US - The Japan TimesChina's border invasion will push India toward the US  The Japan Times

Japan bank to buy ANZ Bank's UDC for $762m - RNZJapan bank to buy ANZ Bank's UDC for $762m  RNZ

Japanese Economy Officially in Recession - VOA NewsJapanese Economy Officially in Recession  VOA News

Man slips through security at Japan's Narita airport, drives van on aircraft parking apron - The MainichiMan slips through security at Japan's Narita airport, drives van on aircraft parking apron  The Mainichi

Japan receives mere 2,900 foreign travelers in April - Kyodo News PlusJapan receives mere 2,900 foreign travelers in April  Kyodo News Plus

Travel - Japan's formula for life satisfaction - BBC NewsTravel - Japan's formula for life satisfaction  BBC News

NPB can play ball in Japan from June 19, but minus fans - The Japan TimesNPB can play ball in Japan from June 19, but minus fans  The Japan Times

Foreign media report on Japan lifting emergency - NHK WORLDForeign media report on Japan lifting emergency  NHK WORLD

Japan's Abe extends state of emergency to May 31 - Al Jazeera EnglishJapan's Abe extends state of emergency to May 31  Al Jazeera English

Travel - Japan's forgotten indigenous people - BBC NewsTravel - Japan's forgotten indigenous people  BBC News

Japan's Extended State of Emergency | Nippon.com - Nippon.comJapan's Extended State of Emergency | Nippon.com  Nippon.com

April travelers to Japan dropped 99.9% from year earlier to 2900 - The Japan TimesApril travelers to Japan dropped 99.9% from year earlier to 2900  The Japan Times

Japan's Kubota ties up with Indian peer to make tractors for Africa - Nikkei Asian ReviewJapan's Kubota ties up with Indian peer to make tractors for Africa  Nikkei Asian Review

Japan was feared to be the next US or Italy. Instead their coronavirus success is a puzzling 'mystery' - ABC NewsJapan was feared to be the next US or Italy. Instead their coronavirus success is a puzzling 'mystery'  ABC News

Japan suicides decline as Covid-19 lockdown causes shift in stress factors - The GuardianJapan suicides decline as Covid-19 lockdown causes shift in stress factors  The Guardian

COVID-19 versus Japan's culture of collectivism - The Japan TimesCOVID-19 versus Japan's culture of collectivism  The Japan Times

Japan's Abe 'looks like a lame duck' as his government comes under fire for its coronavirus response - CNBCJapan's Abe 'looks like a lame duck' as his government comes under fire for its coronavirus response  CNBC

Yukio Okamoto, Diplomat Who Nurtured Japanís U.S. Ties, Dies at 74 - The New York TimesYukio Okamoto, Diplomat Who Nurtured Japanís U.S. Ties, Dies at 74  The New York Times

Japan to discuss cyberbullying laws after death of wrestler and 'Terrace House' star - CNNJapan to discuss cyberbullying laws after death of wrestler and 'Terrace House' star  CNN

Foreign residents stranded abroad by Japan's coronavirus controls - The Japan TimesForeign residents stranded abroad by Japan's coronavirus controls  The Japan Times

Japan's language gender divide hurts women at work - Nikkei Asian ReviewJapan's language gender divide hurts women at work  Nikkei Asian Review

Japan's re-entry ban list - The Japan TimesJapan's re-entry ban list  The Japan Times