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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Riding India's future in present-day Japan at 260 kmph - Economic Times

Economic Times

Riding India's future in present-day Japan at 260 kmph
Economic Times
Passengers, unlike in India, stood silently in queue, almost as if paying their respects to the gentle giant who has brought Japan's farthest corners within the reach of its capital city and despite its speed, has not caused a single fatality in 54 ...

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US fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan - BBC News

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US fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan
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A US Navy fighter jet has crashed in the Philippine Sea, south of the Japanese island of Okinawa. The F/A-18 Hornet was conducting routine operations when it "experienced a mechanical issue" that forced the two crew to eject, the US 7th Fleet said. The ...
US navy fighter jet crashes off Japan's Okinawa, two crew members rescuedTimes Now
US fighter jet crashes off Japan's OkinawaThe Nation
US fighter jet crashes off Japanese coast after mechanical failure, crew rescuedThe Times of Israel

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Pence in Japan to discuss trade, N. Korea before summits - WLOX

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Pence in Japan to discuss trade, N. Korea before summits
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Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday that Pence's visit ahead of the regional meetings is a "perfect chance to reaffirm cooperation between Japan and the United States regarding our policies on North Korea and various ...

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Japan positions itself for the future - The Japan Times

Japan positions itself for the future
The Japan Times
One of those satellites will remain over Japan at all times, and the system will be accurate within 10 cm, an exponential improvement over the GPS system, whose errors in position determination is said be usually within 10 meters. At the launch ...

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'Ghost boats' believed from North Korea wash up on Japan shores - CTV News

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'Ghost boats' believed from North Korea wash up on Japan shores
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TOKYO -- Scores of dilapidated wooden boats believed to be from North Korea have washed ashore in northern Japan in a seasonal influx. The coast guard said Monday that 95 rickety boats, sometimes carrying skeletonized bodies, have arrived so far this ...
More North Korean 'ghost boats' in JapanNEWS.com.au
'Ghost boats' wash ashore in Japan in near-record numbersABC15 Arizona

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Japan's prime minister calls for public works spending program to help lift the economy - CNBC

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Japan's prime minister calls for public works spending program to help lift the economy
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Monday for a new public works spending program to stimulate the economy amid growing concerns about global risks. The spending, which is expected in the first half of next fiscal year starting in April, will ...
Japan PM Abe calls for public works spending plan to help economyReuters

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India to hold quad security dialogue with US, Japan and Australia this week - Economic Times

Economic Times

India to hold quad security dialogue with US, Japan and Australia this week
Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The third round of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, comprising India, the US, Japan and Australia, since it was revived last November, will be held this week in Singapore on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit (EAS). Senior ...

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BTS should apologise to Japan and Nazi victims, says rabbi - The Guardian

The Guardian

BTS should apologise to Japan and Nazi victims, says rabbi
The Guardian
A Jewish human rights organisation has condemned the K-pop band BTS over photographs of them wearing Nazi-style hats. The Simon Wiesenthal Center accused BTS of “mocking the past” The band were dropped from a Japanese TV show last week after ...
Jewish human rights group blasts K-pop band BTS over A-bomb T-shirt and hats with Nazi logoThe Japan Times

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Korean wartime slaves demand Japan steel giant asset seizure - Business Day

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Korean wartime slaves demand Japan steel giant asset seizure
Business Day
Supporters of four South Koreans who served as wartime forced labourers for a Japanese firm visited its Tokyo headquarters on Monday to demand court-ordered compensation. South Korea's highest court ruled in October that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo ...

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Jones tells Japan to 'pray' ahead of England clash - Sport24

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Jones tells Japan to 'pray' ahead of England clash
Sport24
Twickenham - England coach Eddie Jones has advised Japan to go to the temple and pray as he promised to show no mercy when the team he coached at the 2015 Rugby World Cup come to Twickenham. England will head into the November 17 clash ...
Japan coach laughs off Eddie Jones' adviceSBS
We are taking Japan seriously, says JonesChannel NewsAsia
Eddie Jones says England 'want to smash cheeky Japan' on SaturdaySkySports
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