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Japan's Information

Flag of Japan
Land Area 364,485 km2
Water Area 13,430 km2
Total Area 377,915km2 (#61)
Population 126,702,133 (#10)
Population Density 347.62/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
GDP (PPP) $4,930.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $38,900
Currency Yen (JPY)
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1900s continued
  • (1945) Japan surrendered, placed under U.S. military government, all military and naval forces were disbanded, Emperor Hirohito relinquished status
  • (1947) New constitution ratified, all adults became eligible to vote
  • (1951) Japan signed peace treaties with U.S. and other nations
  • (1952) Allied occupation of Japan ended, regained its independence
  • (1956) Liberal Democratic Party was formed
  • (1956) Japan became member of United Nations
  • (1964) Summer Olympics were held in Tokyo, first time games held in Asia
  • (1968) Japan introduced Corolla automobile in U.S.
  • (1970) World Expo held in Osaka, first Expo in Asia
  • (1972) Okinawa returned to Japanese, U.S. retained military base
  • (1982) Japanese auto maker, Honda, opened first plant in U.S.
  • (1989) Emperor Hirohito died, succeeded by Akihito
  • (1990) "Bubble Economy" burst, stock prices declined - erased trillions of dollars in wealth, land prices declined 80%
  • (1993) Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) ousted in elections, seven-party coalition took over
  • (1994) Coalition collapsed, new administration supported by LDP and Socialist took over
  • (1995) Earthquake struck central Japan, Kobe hit hardest, widespread damages, 6,500 people killed
  • (1995) Aum Shinrikyo, a religious sect, released deadly nerve gas on Tokyo underground railway, 12 killed, thousands injured
  • (1995) Mass protests demanding removal of U.S. forces from Okinawa broke out after U.S. servicemen raped local schoolgirl
  • (1997) Severe economic recession occurred
  • (1998) Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge (largest suspension bridge in world) opens, Shikoku linked with Honshu
  • (1998) LPD member, Keizo Obuchi, became prime minister
2000s
  • (2000) Prime Minister Obuchi suffered stroke, died six weeks later, replaced by Yoshiro Mori
  • (2001) Prime Minister Mori announced resignation as LDP leader and prime minister
  • (2001) Junichiro Koizumi became prime minister and LDP leader
  • (2001) Japan imposed import taxes on Chinese agricultural products; China retaliated by imposing taxes on Japanese vehicles, manufactured goods
  • (2001) First child born to Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, a daughter, caused debate over male-only succession law
  • (2002) Prime Minister Koizumi became first Japanese leader to visit North Korea
  • (2002) Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea, apologized for abducting Japanese citizens in 1970s and 1980s, confirmed eight dead
  • (2002) Five Japanese nationals kidnapped by North Korea returned home
  • (2003) Junichiro Koizumi reelected prime minister
  • (2004) Japan deployed non-combat soldiers to Iraq - first deployment since World War II
  • (2004) Earthquakes in the northern part of the country killed more than 30
  • (2004) Dispute arose over fate of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea during Cold War. North Korea said any sanctions imposed by Japan were be treated as a declaration of war
  • (2005) Relations with China deteriorated, anti-Japanese protests took place in Chinese cities
  • (2005) Prime Minister Koizumi dissolved House of Representatives, called for new election
  • (2005) Prime Minister Koizumi won landslide victory in elections
  • (2006) Shinzo Abe succeeded Junichiro Koizumi as prime minister
  • (2006) Defense ministry creation approved
  • (2007) LDP suffered crushing defeat in elections
  • (2007) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigned, succeeded by Yasuo Fukuda
  • (2008) Upper house passed censure motion against Prime Minister Fukuda for handling of domestic issues, lower house backed confidence vote
  • (2008) China, Japan signed agreement for development of gas field in East China Sea
  • (2008) Prime Minister Fukuda resigned, Taro Aso appointed
  • (2009) Japan faced worst economic crisis since WWII
  • (2009) Opposition Democratic Party won election, ended more than 50 years of rule by the LDP
  • (2009) Yukio Hatoyama elected prime minister
  • (2009) City on Okinawa elected mayor opposed to hosting military base; Prime Minister Hatoyama claimed Japan had to rethink U.S. military bases
  • (2010) Prime Minister Hatoyama resigned after failing to close U.S. military base on Okinawa, succeeded by Naoto Kan
  • (2010) Ruling coalition lost in elections to upper house of parliament
  • (2010) Japan arrested Chinese boat captain in disputed waters in East China Sea, diplomatic tensions between the two countries rose as China demanded his release, anti-Japanese protests were held in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang
  • (2010) Faltering economy caused central bank to cut interest rates to almost zero in a stimulation effort
  • (2011) China overtook Japan as world's second largest economy
  • (2010) Faltering economy caused central bank to cut interest rates to almost zero in a stimulation effort
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

Japan Trivia

What is the Biggest City in Japan?

Tokyo is the largest city in Japan.

10 Biggest Cities In Japan

What Kind of Animals Live in Japan?

Some of the animals that are native to Japan include the red-crowned crane, the steller's sea lion, the Japanese pond turtle, the green pheasant, and the sika deer.

Animals Native to Japan

What Languages Are Spoken in Japan?

Japanese is the official language used in the country and is also the primary language in the country with over 125 million speakers. Besides the Japanese language, the other widely used language in Japan is the Ryukyuan language.

What Languages Are Spoken In Japan?

What Kind of Government Does Japan Have?

Japan's government is a constitutional monarchy where the Emperor's power is limited to mainly ceremonial duties. The government has three branches, the executive, legislature, and the judiciary.

What Type Of Government Does Japan Have?

What Does the Flag of Japan Mean?

The Japanese flag represents the sun, which has important religious and mythological significance in the country.The crimson red color of the symbolic sun is said to represent a prosperous future for Japan. The white background color symbolizes the purity, honesty, and integrity of the people of Japan.

What Do the Colors and Symbols of the National Flag of Japan Mean?

What type of economy does Japan have?

Japan is the second most advanced economy in the world, the third largest by nominal GDP, and the 4th by PPP. The country is one of the world’s most innovative economies having the largest electronic goods industry and patent filings. Japan is also the world’s biggest creditor with the leading public debt ratio.

The Economy Of Japan

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Japan prefectures & their capitals

Region Capital
Aichi Nagoya-shi
Akita Akita Shi
Aomori Aomori Shi
Chiba Chiba
Ehime Matsuyama
Fukui Fukui-shi
Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi
Fukushima Fukushima-shi
Gifu Gifu-shi
Gunma Maebashi-shi
Hiroshima Hiroshima-shi
Hokkaido Sapporo
Hyogo Kobe
Ibaraki Mito-shi
Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi
Iwate Morioka-shi
Kagawa Takamatsu-shi
Kagoshima Kagoshima-shi
Kanagawa Yokohama
Kochi Kochi-shi
Kumamoto Kumamoto
Kyoto Kyoto
Mie Tsu-shi
Miyagi Sendai-shi
Miyazaki Miyazaki-shi
Nagano Nagano-shi
Nagasaki Nagasaki-shi
Nara Nara-shi
Niigata Niigata-shi
Oita Oita
Okayama Okayama-shi
Okinawa Naha-shi
Osaka Osaka-shi
Saga Saga-shi
Saitama Saitama
Shiga Otsu-shi
Shimane Matsue-shi
Shizuoka Shizuoka-shi
Tochigi Utsunomiya-shi
Tokushima Tokushima-shi
Tokyo Tokyo
Tottori Tottori
Toyama Toyama-shi
Wakayama Wakayama-shi
Yamagata Yamagata-shi
Yamaguchi Yamaguchi-shi
Yamanashi Kofu-shi

Countries of Asia