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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Could Trump's blundering lead to war between China and Japan? - The Guardian

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Could Trump's blundering lead to war between China and Japan?
The Guardian
During the presidential campaign, Trump suggested that Japan and South Korea had become over-reliant on US security, and that it was time for the US to pack and up and go home. But Asia's economic rise has only magnified the dangers of an American ...

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Japan trade surges in July on strong demand in China, US - Wichita Eagle

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Japan trade surges in July on strong demand in China, US
Wichita Eagle
Japan's exports and imports rose at a fast clip in July, reflecting a recovery in demand in China, Southeast Asia and the U.S., though export prices rose faster than volumes for many products. Exports rose more than 13 percent from a year earlier to 6 ...
Japan's exports rise for eighth straight monthMarketWatch
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Aussie Sevens take on Japan: LIVE - Rugby.com.au

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Aussie Sevens take on Japan: LIVE
Rugby.com.au
Photo: Ben Dolphin Where the first clash between Australia and Japan was an entertaining affair, this was little more than a practice run for the Australians. They scored five tries in as many minutes in the first half, one each to Tom Merritt, Ben O ...

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State police probing city credit card use for Japan trip - Bloomington Pantagraph

Bloomington Pantagraph

State police probing city credit card use for Japan trip
Bloomington Pantagraph
BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois State Police have opened an investigation into the use of a city credit card to buy an airline ticket to let Mayor Tari Renner's girlfriend travel with him to Japan for a weeklong sister cities anniversary event earlier this ...

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Wallaroos want to bring mongrel against Japan - Rugby.com.au

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Wallaroos want to bring mongrel against Japan
Rugby.com.au
Sharni Williams wants the Wallaroos to brandish some trademark Aussie mongrel, ahead of their final pool match against Japan. Williams will captain the Wallaroos for the first time on Friday, with regular skipper Shannon Parry out through injury. That ...

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ANA to open 300-seat Japan-themed foodcourt in Changi Airport T2 - The Straits Times

The Straits Times

ANA to open 300-seat Japan-themed foodcourt in Changi Airport T2
The Straits Times
SINGAPORE - All Nippon Airways (ANA) Holdings, Japan's largest airline, is set to open a foodcourt in Changi Airport as early as November, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Thursday (Aug 17). In response to queries from The Straits Times, Changi ...

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Japan is booming again, and that could ease one of India's biggest pain points - Economic Times

Economic Times

Japan is booming again, and that could ease one of India's biggest pain points
Economic Times
Japan is booming again, and that could ease one of India's biggest pain points. Bloomberg|. Aug 15, 2017, 09.12 PM IST. Japan could be in even better shape if it can overcome tradition and political opposition by welcoming large-scale immigration.
Japan Q2 GDP blows past expectations on robust domestic demandCNBC
Japanese economy posts longest expansion in more than a decadeThe Guardian
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Japan's Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Has Way More Doctor Strange and a Much Better Title - Gizmodo

Gizmodo

Japan's Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Has Way More Doctor Strange and a Much Better Title
Gizmodo
Today, Marvel's Japanese social media accounts posted their localized trailers for Ragnarok, and while most of the footage included is exactly the same as what we've seen before, there are two key differences that make the the Japanese versions better.

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Australia follows Japan in move to regulate bitcoin - Financial Times

Financial Times

Australia follows Japan in move to regulate bitcoin
Financial Times
Australia's move to regulate cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, follows a similar move by Japan. Under new rules introduced by Tokyo this year any bitcoin or “alternative coin” exchange or money transfer business that wants to operate must come under ...

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Japanese workers have learned to love their robot overlords - New York Post

New York Post

Japanese workers have learned to love their robot overlords
New York Post
MORIYA, Japan — Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds – 1,500 a minute, to be exact – on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near ...

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