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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There's a war brewing in Japan, and the banks should pay attention - TechCrunch

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There's a war brewing in Japan, and the banks should pay attention
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Japan Needs New Thinking, And New Anti-Austerity Politicians - Forbes

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Japan Needs New Thinking, And New Anti-Austerity Politicians
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On May 23, Ben Bernanke, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, came to the Bank of Japan to give a lecture. He rightly warned about the lack of momentum to end deflation in Japan, praised the BOJ's efforts so far including over-shooting ...



Japan defense minister under fire before key Tokyo poll - The Indian Express

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Japan defense minister under fire before key Tokyo poll
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, its ratings slipping over suspicions of favouritism, has suffered a fresh embarrassment when his defense minister made politically sensitive remarks just days ahead of a key local election. Defense ...

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Japan Tobacco tries to catch up with rival in smokeless tobacco - Reuters

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Japan Tobacco tries to catch up with rival in smokeless tobacco
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TOKYO Japan Tobacco Inc (2914.T) said on Wednesday it hoped to catch up with Philip Morris International Inc (PM.N) in smokeless tobacco by expanding the number of smoke-free restaurants and public places that allow its vaping product. Tobacco firms ...

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Japan to Dump Deadly Fukushima Waste into Pacific Ocean? - snopes.com

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Japan to Dump Deadly Fukushima Waste into Pacific Ocean?
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Japan has announced plans to dump 920,000 tons of deadly Fukushima nuclear waste into the Pacific ocean, saying that they can no longer contain the waste on land. Following the major tsunami in 2011 that resulted the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi ...



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Japan is so worried about North Korea's missiles, there's a waiting list for bomb shelters
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Japan Plots Delay to Balancing Budget Without Spooking Markets, G20 Partners - New York Times

Japan Plots Delay to Balancing Budget Without Spooking Markets, G20 Partners
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TOKYO — Japanese premier Shinzo Abe is looking to quietly ditch a pledge to balance the budget by fiscal 2020 in favour of a looser debt-to-GDP ratio target, a move that gives him a free hand to delay again an unpopular sales tax hike, government ...

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Japan's Cushy Retirement Gigs Face Greater Scrutiny - Bloomberg

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Japan's Cushy Retirement Gigs Face Greater Scrutiny
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Japan's SNES Classic gets Famicom look and tweaked game selection - TechCrunch

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Japan's SNES Classic gets Famicom look and tweaked game selection
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US Sailors Killed in Ship Collision Off Japan Honored in Navy Memorial - NBCNews.com

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US Sailors Killed in Ship Collision Off Japan Honored in Navy Memorial
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