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 woman arrested for leaving baby's body in locker - BBC News

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Japan woman arrested for leaving baby's body in locker
BBC News
Tokyo police have arrested a 49-year-old woman suspected of leaving her stillborn baby in a coin locker for several years. Emiri Suzaki turned herself in to the police and confessed that she had stored the body since suffering a stillbirth "four or ...
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Why Japan is landing hopping robots on an asteroid - Business Insider

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Why Japan is landing hopping robots on an asteroid
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Japan's space agency releases first images of asteroid surfaceNew York Post
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Japanese magazine to close after Abe ally's 'homophobic' article - The Guardian

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Japanese magazine to close after Abe ally's 'homophobic' article
The Guardian
A prominent magazine in Japan is to close after an outcry over an allegedly homophobic article written by a rightwing MP from the ruling Liberal Democratic party. The Shincho 45 said it would halt publication amid the continuing controversy over the ...

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Japan's Abe says willing to meet with North Korea's Kim - FRANCE 24

FRANCE 24

Japan's Abe says willing to meet with North Korea's Kim
FRANCE 24
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a longtime hardliner on North Korea, said Tuesday he was willing to meet Kim Jong Un after the once reclusive leader's historic summit with US President Donald Trump.
NK media demands 'compensation' from JapanNEWS.com.au
Japan's Abe open to summit with N. Korea's KimABS-CBN News
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India set to overtake Japan as No. 3 economy by 2030 - Economic Times

Economic Times

India set to overtake Japan as No. 3 economy by 2030
Economic Times
3 spot by 2030, according to a report by HSBC Holdings Plc. The South Asian giant was seen as “among the most striking” gainers in the bank's long-term rankings, leap-frogging Germany and Japan largely on account of the economy's rapid growth and a ...
India Set To Overtake Japan As No. 3 Economy By 2030: ReportNDTV
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Elaborate throne for Japan's next emperor arrives in Tokyo - Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Elaborate throne for Japan's next emperor arrives in Tokyo
Miami Herald
The monumental imperial throne for the coronation of Japan's new emperor has arrived in Tokyo from an ancient imperial palace in Kyoto more than a year ahead of time, officials said Wednesday. Crown Prince Naruhito will become Japan's next emperor on ...
Special throne for Japan's next emperor arrives in TokyoABC News

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Japan is developing a hard-to-intercept supersonic bomb to stop a Chinese island invasion - Business Insider

Business Insider

Japan is developing a hard-to-intercept supersonic bomb to stop a Chinese island invasion
Business Insider
Involved in several territorial disputes with its neighbors, Japan is developing a new hard-to-intercept standoff supersonic glide bomb to defend the islands it presently controls. Given tensions in the East China Sea over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands ...
Japan Eyes Supersonic Glide Bombs to Protect Disputed Islands from ChinaSputnik International

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Japan to change ASWJ noodle wheat blend from Jan 2019: sources - S&P Global Platts

Japan to change ASWJ noodle wheat blend from Jan 2019: sources
S&P Global Platts
Singapore — Japan Flour Millers' Association decided to change the ASWJ noodle blend ratio to 80% Australian Noodle Wheat 1 or ANW2 and 20% Australian Premium White Noodle for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries tender specifications ...



Super Typhoon Trami: Images show storm from space as it heads for Japan - CNN

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Super Typhoon Trami: Images show storm from space as it heads for Japan
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The storm is expected to lose some strength before making landfall in southern Japan in about four days, if it continues to track in that direction. Even after losing power, it's likely to be the equivalent in strength to a category 4 hurricane, adding ...
Super Typhoon Trami changes course, aims at Southern JapanThe Weather Network
Dangerous Super Typhoon Trami may slam into Japan this weekendWashington Post
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Typhoon Trami weakens as it heads to Japan - CNN

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Typhoon Trami weakens as it heads to Japan
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