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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Nintendo starts selling cheaper Switch bundle without dock in Japan
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Uber Is Moving Into Japan One Small Step at a Time - Fortune

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Uber Is Moving Into Japan One Small Step at a Time
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Japan manufacturing growth slows to 9-month low - Financial Times

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Japan manufacturing growth slows to 9-month low
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Japan pulls ahead of Singapore and Germany as the world's most powerful passport
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The Lingering Effects of Japan's “Employment Ice Age” - Nippon.com

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China seeks tips from Japan for handling top US trade haggler - Politico

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China seeks tips from Japan for handling top US trade haggler
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The rise in tourists visiting Japan is statistically off the charts - Quartz

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The rise in tourists visiting Japan is statistically off the charts
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Airbnb in Japan lets you check in at convenience stores - CNET

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Airbnb in Japan lets you check in at convenience stores
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