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 September Exports Jump 14.1% - Barron's

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Japan September Exports Jump 14.1%
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Japanese exports jumped 14.1% in September from a year ago helped by exports of semiconductors, the latest data from Japan's finance ministry showed. It is the tenth consecutive month Japan's exports have risen. Meanwhile imports increased 12% ...
Japan trade surplus leaps on strong exports to rest of AsiaThe San Luis Obispo Tribune
Japan trade surplus leaps nearly 38%NEWS.com.au
Japan trade surplus expands strongly in SeptemberDaily Mail
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Did Japan just ban tattoo artists? A court has ruled that only medical professionals can legally issue ink - CNN

CNN

Did Japan just ban tattoo artists? A court has ruled that only medical professionals can legally issue ink
CNN
In Japan tattoos have long been stigmatized for their association with organized crime gangs, the Yakuza, who pledge their allegiance with full-body markings. Consequently, anyone with ink -- regardless of their profession -- cannot usually use public ...

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5 Reasons Why Japan's Upcoming Election Is The Most Exciting In Years - Forbes

Forbes

5 Reasons Why Japan's Upcoming Election Is The Most Exciting In Years
Forbes
Japanese elections are normally staid events that generate few headlines, bore journalists to tears, and change nothing. Sunday's snap ballot was always going to be something radically different when Tokyo's popular governor, Yuriko Koike, entered the ...
Japan's snap election explainedBBC News
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The USA vs. Japan giant robot duel shows making giant robots is ... - The Verge

The Verge

The USA vs. Japan giant robot duel shows making giant robots is ...
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It finally happened. Last night, America's MegaBots Inc. took on Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industry in a giant robot duel streamed on Twitch. The 26-minute ...
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Japan Just Discovered the Perfect Spot to Build a Moonbase - Inverse

Inverse

Japan Just Discovered the Perfect Spot to Build a Moonbase
Inverse
The Japanese satellite Kaguya has been gone a long time it crashed into the surface of the moon in June 2009. But the data it collected nearly a decade ago is still revealing incredible lunar secrets, and the Japanese space agency JAXA confirmed ...
Japan's lunar orbiter discovers moon cave potentially suitable for ...The Japan Times

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Bitcoin gets official blessing in Japan - Financial Times - Financial Times

Financial Times

Bitcoin gets official blessing in Japan - Financial Times
Financial Times
Entrepreneurs do not often welcome regulation. For Japanese cryptocurrency start-ups, however, a framework put in place by the country's financial authorities ...

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Ex-Toshiba, Japan Post chief Taizo Nishimuro dead at 81 - The Japan Times

The Japan Times

Ex-Toshiba, Japan Post chief Taizo Nishimuro dead at 81
The Japan Times
Taizo Nishimuro, a former president of technology conglomerate Toshiba Corp. who had remained a leading figure of Japan's business community, has died at age 81, a Toshiba source said Wednesday. The date or cause of death were not immediately ...
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Four climbers rescued from Japan mountain - NEWS.com.au

Four climbers rescued from Japan mountain
NEWS.com.au
The four, two from Japan and two foreigners, were found on Wednesday afternoon without any life-threatening injuries on Mt Asahidake, the highest peak on the northern island of Hokkaido, the Kyodo News agency reported, citing local police. On Tuesday ...

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India, Japan ink pact on tech training co-operation - Hindu Business Line

India, Japan ink pact on tech training co-operation
Hindu Business Line
India and Japan have signed a memorandum of cooperation on Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP), the government said today. The pact will pave the way for sending Indian technical interns to Japan for on-the-job training for a period of three to ...

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India and Japan push for change in LNG market - Financial Times

Financial Times

India and Japan push for change in LNG market
Financial Times
India and Japan are to push jointly for greater flexibility of contracts and transparency in the Asian liquefied natural gas market in a move likely to shift the balance of power further to importers from producers. Japan, the world's largest buyer of ...
Japan floats $10bn plan to build out Asian LNG marketNikkei Asian Review
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