JAPAN - 日本の


Japan is located in the northen hemisphere and lies off the east coast of Asia . Japans closest neighbour is Russia, Shakhalin Island, a russian possesion, reaches to within 50km of Hokkiado accross the narrow Soya Straight.
Japan's nearsest mainland neighbour is south korea, which is about 200km west of Japan accross the Korea straight. To the Southwest of Japan lies Tiawan and to the north, the Russian mainland.

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Japan has the world's Tenth largest population. Japan's population is estimated at around 127.3 million. The greater Tokyo area, which includes the capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the the largest metropoliton area in the world, with over 30 million residents.

Japanese society is linguistically and culturally homogeneous (of the same kind), composed of 98.5% ethnic Japanese, with small populations of foreign workers. Zainichi Korean, Zainichi Chinese, Filipinoes, Japanese Brazilians and Japanese Peruvians are among the small minority groups in Japan.
Japanese is written with a combination of three scripts: Hirigana, derived from the Chinese cursive script, Katakana, derived as a shorthand from Chinese characters, and Kanji, imported from China.
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The yen is the unit of currency in Japan. There are four kinds of bills (10,000 yen, 5,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 1,000 yen) and six kinds of coins (500 yen, 100 yen,50 yen, 10 yen, 5 yen, 1 yen) used. All of the bills and coins are different sizes. For example, the bills descend in size from 10,000 Yen to 1,000 Yen.
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It is estimated that 84–96 percent of the Japanese population subscribe to Bhuddism or Shinto, including a large number of followers of a Syncretism of both religions. However, these estimates are based on people affiliated with a temple, rather than the number of true believers. Other studies have suggested that only 30 percent of the population identify themselves as belonging to a religion. Nevertheless the level of participation remains high, especially during festivals and occasions such as the first shrine visit of the New Year.
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Japan has a vast array of attractions including many that are world listed. Japan is famous for its traditional attractions including its temples, shrines and gardens. There are also many modern attractions including theme parks, shopping, architecture and cultural activities. Japan has many natural attractions with vast snow covered mountain ranges and their national parks with many famous wildlife attractions like the snow monkeys.

Some of Japans attractions include:-

Culture and lifestyle:
The culture of Japan has evolved greatly over millennia, from the country's prehistoric Jomon period to its contemporary hybrid culture, which combines influences from Asia, Europe and North America. The inhabitants of Japan experienced a long period of relative isolation from the outside world during the Tokugawa shogunate until the arrival of "the Black ships" and the Meiji Period. Japan has a very large variety of food , take the link to see some popular dishes:-
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The Government of Japan is a constitutional monarcy where the power of the Emperor is very limited. As a ceremonial figurehead, he is defined by the 1947 constitution as "the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people". Power is held chiefly by the Prime Minister of Japan and other elected members of the Diet, while sovereignty is vested in the Japanese people. The Emperor effectively acts as the Head of State on diplomatic occasions. Akihito is the current Emperor of Japan. Naruhito, Crown prince of Japan, stands as next in line to the throne.
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How is Japan globally connected to the rest of the world?
  • Japan is globally connected to the world through electronics & communications. It has numerous satellites which share various information around the world, along with underwater cables which allow phone and internet communications with other countries.
  • It is also connected globally through trade, Japan has been for years the 2nd largest economy in the world behind the U.S.A. Japan is a major import/export country.
  • It is one of the Group of Eight countries (called G8 for short) whose representatives meet regularly for important economic meetings.
  • Japan maintains many sister-city relations around the world. Japan has McDonalds, Starbucks, Gap, Costco, Ikea, and many other foreign chain stores. Japan also has Disneyland and Universal Studios. And, as you may know, Japan's various cultural and entertainment sources have forged many connections all over the world.
  • Japan participates in many sporting events including the Olympic Games.
Below are examples of goods which Japan export & import:-
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Electrical Machinery
  • Computer Accessories
  • Fuels
  • Chemicals
  • Military Apparel
  • Precious Metals

How is Japan connected to Australia?
  • Australia and Japan have established good bilateral relationships based on mutually complementary economic relations. In recent years, the two countries have also strengthened political and security cooperation, which has made them a strategic partner in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Both countries are allies with the US in the Asia-Pacific region, the two countries have promoted the trilateral relations.
  • The two countries have strongly co-operated to tackle global and regional issues, such as nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.
  • The two countries have also promoted people-to-people exchanges, including more than 100 sister-city relationships.

Japan has one of the highest population densities in the world. The population is distributed unevenly over the land area,with almost the entire population crowded onto the 16% of land that is level enough for cultivation and settlement. As a result the number of people per cultivated unit is the highest in the world, congestion of living space, highways, railways and industrial and agriculutral space is a characteristic feature of the Japanese life.