|Land Area||364,485 km2|
|Water Area||13,430 km2|
|Total Area||377,915km2 (#61)|
|Government Type||Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy|
|GDP (PPP)||$4,930.00 Billion|
|GDP Per Capita||$38,900|
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At the turn of the 17th century, Japan entered an age of isolation in which no foreigner could enter the country, nor could any Japanese citizen leave the country under a penalty of death. The Sakoku period of seclusion (which began in 1635) was executed as a means of disposing of the colonial and religious influence brought in by Spain and Portugal, and lasted until 1868.
The Empire of Japan surfaced, following the Sakoku period, and a political, economic and cultural transformation materialized.
During this generation of rapid growth, Japan assumed the form of an imperial power, and colonized Korea and Taiwan. Then, in 1931, in a challenge against the United States and League of Nations, the empire began to occupy Manchuria and small parts of China.
Prior to the start of World War II, the Japanese Army continued to attack many of China's coastal cities. In addition, they ravaged Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Consequently, the Japanese empire now stretched across much of the Southeast Pacific.
After a very bloody war on both sides, atomic bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Japan's seemingly unavoidable defeat in World War II caused Emperor Hirohito to surrender in 1945.
Japan recovered within two decades; becoming a staunch ally of the U.S.. The country completely revised its postwar constitution, going as far as to limit the power of their emperor, making it, as it is today, a ceremonial position.
Within the blink-of-an-eye, (it seems) Japan became one of the world's major economic forces; its high-quality automobiles and electronics sold around the world.
On March 11, 2011 a massive, magnitude 9.0, earthquake and subsequent tsunami ravaged the northeastern coast of Japan, causing not only a humanitarian crisis but creating a major dent in the country's economy.
Resulting damage to the Fukushima Nuclear Plant caused a meltdown and release of radioactive material. The Fukushima Daiichi disastrous nuclear meltdown is the largest since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.
Tourism declined significantly in the wake of the meltdown, but over the past few years, travel to Japan has steadily increased.
Visitors to Japan enjoy the fast-paced culture and excitement of Tokyo and Osaka, the rural coastal villages and wilderness areas, the winter wonderland of Sapporo, and most of all the courteous and respectful Japanese people.
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.