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Why is Japan known as the "Land of th e Rising Sun"?

Japan is an archipelago, which means a group of islands. Though there are around 3000 islands in the archipelago, Japan's four main islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku. Legend attributes the creation of Japan to the sun goddess, from whom the emperors were descended, and that is why Japan is known as the "Land ofthe Rising Sun". Almost four fifths of Japan is covered with mountains. The highest peak is Mount Fuji. It is a cone shaped volcano. Japan also has around 200 volcanoes, 60 of which are active. Modern farming methods make maximum use of the scarce land availablefor cultivation. Fishing is also an important occupation, and Japan's manufacturing plants have ushered in an economic boom. While retaining its time-honoured culture, Japan rapidly absorbed Western technology. In spite of its devastating defeat in World War II, Japan recovered, to become a truly powerful nation.

Facts about Japan

Administrative divisions: 47 prefectures; Aichi , Akita , Aomori , Chiba , Ehime , Fukui , Fukuoka , Fukushima , Gifu , Gunma , Hiroshima , Hokkaido , Hyogo , Ibaraki , Ishikawa , Iwate , Kagawa , Kagoshima , Kanagawa , Kochi , Kumamoto , Kyoto , Mie , Miyagi , Miyazaki , Nagano , Nagasaki , Nara , Niigata , Oita , Okayama , Okinawa , Osaka , Saga , Saitama , Shiga , Shimane , Shizuoka , Tochigi , Tokushima , Tokyo , Tottori , Toyama , Wakayama , Yamagata , Yamaguchi , Yamanashi
Area: total: 377 ,835 sq km land: 374 ,744 sq km water: 3 ,091 sq km note: includes Bonin Islands (Ogasawara-gunto) , Daito-shoto , Minami-jima , Okino-tori-shima , Ryukyu Islands (Nansei-shoto) , and Volcano Islands (Kazan-retto)
Background: In 1603 , a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854 , Japan opened its ports 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 a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity , elected politicians - with heavy input from bureaucrats and business executives - wield actual decisionmaking power. The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth , but Japan still remains a major economic power , both in Asia and globally.
Flag description: white with a large red disk (representing the sun without rays) in the center
Capital: name: Tokyo geographic coordinates: 35 41 N , 139 45 E time difference: UTC+9 (14 hours ahead of Washington , DC during Standard Time)
Climate: varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north
Currency code: yen (JPY)
Ethnic groups: Japanese 98.5% , Koreans 0.5% , Chinese 0.4% , other 0.6% note: up to 230 ,000 Brazilians of Japanese origin migrated to Japan in the 1990s to work in industries; some have returned to Brazil (2004)
Geographic coordinates: 36 00 N , 138 00 E
Geography note: strategic location in northeast Asia
Government type: constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government
Imports partners: China 20.5% , US 11.6% , Saudi Arabia 5.7% , UAE 5.2% , Australia 5% , South Korea 4.4% , Indonesia 4.2% (2007)
Internet country code: .jp
Land boundaries: 29 ,751 km
Neighbouring countries: 0 km
Languages: Japanese
Location: Eastern Asia , island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan , east of the Korean Peninsula
Map references: Asia
National holiday: Birthday of Emperor AKIHITO , 23 December (1933)
Nationality: noun: Japanese (singular and plural) adjective: Japanese
Natural hazards: many dormant and some active volcanoes; about 1 ,500 seismic occurrences (mostly tremors) every year; tsunamis; typhoons
Population: 127 ,288 ,416 (July 2008 est.)
Religions: observe both Shinto and Buddhist 84% , other 16% (including Christian 0.7%)
Terrain: mostly rugged and mountainous
Unemployment rate: 3.8% (2007 est.)

Capital of Japan

Tōkyō (click to view Tōkyō map)

Places in Japan

Browse the most comprehensive and up-to-date online directory of administrative regions and Street views in Japan. Regions are sorted in alphabetical order from level 1 to level 2 and eventually up to level 3 regions.

Aichi Prefecture (182 google map locations)
Akita-ken (213 google map locations)
Aomori-ken (198 google map locations)
Chiba-ken (175 google map locations)
Chinase city Google map
Daimommachi city Google map
Ehime Prefecture (160 google map locations)
Fujitsukahama city Google map
Fukui-ken (127 google map locations)
Fukuoka-ken (184 google map locations)
Fukushima-ken (222 google map locations)
Gifu-ken (167 google map locations)
Gumma-ken (119 google map locations)
Hirakawa city Google map
Hiroshima-ken (280 google map locations)
Hokkaidō (1194 google map locations)
Hyōgo-ken (252 google map locations)
Ibaraki-ken (171 google map locations)
Ishikawa-ken (178 google map locations)
Iwate-ken (251 google map locations)
Kagawa-ken (83 google map locations)
Kagoshima-ken (411 google map locations)
Kami-kōjiyaku city Google map
Kanagawa Prefecture (157 google map locations)
Kitasura city Google map
Kōchi-ken (165 google map locations)
Kumamoto-ken (157 google map locations)
Kyōto-fu (137 google map locations)
Mie-ken (206 google map locations)
Miyagi-ken (247 google map locations)
Miyazaki-ken (187 google map locations)
Nagano-ken (230 google map locations)
Nagasaki-ken (321 google map locations)
Nara-ken (91 google map locations)
Niigata-ken (336 google map locations)
Niihama city Google map
Nishimura city Google map
Ōita-ken (137 google map locations)
Okayama-ken (168 google map locations)
Okinawa-ken (535 google map locations)
Ōsaka-fu (147 google map locations)
Saga-ken (99 google map locations)
Saitama-ken (106 google map locations)
Shiga Prefecture (76 google map locations)
Shimane Prefecture (217 google map locations)
Shizuoka-ken (214 google map locations)
Tochigi-ken (99 google map locations)
Tokushima-ken (109 google map locations)
Tōkyō-to (254 google map locations)
Tottori-ken (83 google map locations)
Toyama-ken (121 google map locations)
Wakayama-ken (173 google map locations)
Yamagata-ken (214 google map locations)
Yamaguchi-ken (225 google map locations)
Yamanashi-ken (61 google map locations)

Random cities in Japan

Tōkyō, the capital city of Japan.

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