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 says Fukushima residents can return home, despite NGO report warning of high radiation level - Fox News

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Japan says Fukushima residents can return home, despite NGO report warning of high radiation level
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Almost six years after he was forced to leave his home following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the Japanese government informed Toru Anzai that it was safe for him to return to the small agricultural village of Iitate. Anzai and the rest of ...



Japan Is Getting a Ninja Museum - Smithsonian

Smithsonian

Japan Is Getting a Ninja Museum
Smithsonian
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So far, so good but what lies ahead for US-Japan ties? - The Straits Times

The Straits Times

So far, so good but what lies ahead for US-Japan ties?
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Don't expect wild parties in Japan as Premium Friday starts - Stuff.co.nz

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Don't expect wild parties in Japan as Premium Friday starts
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$377m payout to residents over US base noise in Japan - The Straits Times

RT

$377m payout to residents over US base noise in Japan
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Japanese men celebrate 'baldy' pull factor - BBC News

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Japanese men celebrate 'baldy' pull factor
BBC News
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The wonder of Japan - Spectator.co.uk

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The wonder of Japan
Spectator.co.uk
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Seven Reasons To Visit Japan Right Now - Forbes

Forbes

Seven Reasons To Visit Japan Right Now
Forbes
Many of us are fascinated by getting 'lost in translation' when it comes to travel, and there's really no better place to do this than Japan. While respect and courtesy are cornerstones of Japanese society, there's also a total celebration of marching ...



Japan protests Russian military buildup plan in decades-old islands dispute - Reuters

Reuters

Japan protests Russian military buildup plan in decades-old islands dispute
Reuters
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Japan's next emperor announces readiness for Akihito to abdicate - The Guardian

The Guardian

Japan's next emperor announces readiness for Akihito to abdicate
The Guardian
The last time an emperor abdicated was in 1817 and current law does not allow it. The Japanese government is considering steps that would allow Akihito to abdicate and for Naruhito to ascend the throne on 1 January 2019. The government could submit a ...
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