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Japan Overview

Japan, also called "The land of rising Sun" is a country comprising of 3000 islands. The four largest islands are Hokkaido, Honshu (the largest island), Shikoku, and Kyushu.

In Second World war, Japan was part of the Axis alliance consisting of Germany and Italy. The World war ended with bombing of Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 by the United States. Since its defeat in World War II, Japan has recovered to become a very strong economic power. Akihito is the current and 125th Emperor of Japan.

Japan consists of 47 prefectures (states). The population of Japan is 127 million people. The population growth rate is less than 1% a year. A majority of the people in Japan are Japanese. The other diverse ethnicities, including Korean, Chinese, Brazilian and Filipino, represent just 1% of the total population. The predominant religions in Japan are Shintoism and Buddhism and the literacy rate is 99%.

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NameJapan Population127,417,244
CapitalTokyo CurrencyYen
Area377,835 sq km per capita GDP$29,400
ContinentAsia Life Expectancy81.15 years
Head of stateEmperor AKIHITO Official Language(s)Japanese

Japanese Personalities

Soichiro Honda was a Japanese industrialist. Honda corporation founded by him, has continued to produce the best-selling motorcycles in the world.
Akio Morita was a co-founder of Sony Corporation. He founded the Sony corporation at the age of 25 in 1946. In 1957 Sony Corporation of America was the first Japanese company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Yataro Iwasaki is the founder of the international conglomerate Mitsubishi Group.

Tourist spots in Japan

Sapporo Snow Festival is an event not to be missed. It takes place in early February for 7 days. It has hundreds of snow and ice sculptures in three areas of Sapporo City.
The city of Nara has the ancient home to Todaiji temple, the world largest wooden structure.
Nikko's Toshogu Shrine was built to honor the memory of Ieyasu Tokugawa, Japan's first Shogun. Tokugawa, born in 1542 during a period of great civil wars, succeeded in unifying Japan. He is honored for laying the foundation of peace and culture that would typify modern day Japan.

Japan States

Japan has 47 prefectures.

CIA Factbook - the Japan page provides most authentic information about the people, geography, government and economy of Japan.
Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs official web site has the latest press releases from the Government.
japanwelcomesyou has information on places to see in Japan. It has an interactive map of all the tourist spots of Japan.
Japan - No problem - An american's experience of traveling in Japan.
Japan National Tourist organization's web site has tons of tourist information on Japan.

Books on Japan

Japan (Eyewitness Travel Guides) by DK Publishing does a great job of explaining wonders of Japan. The book explains major attractions of each city/region well.

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