Japan is an island nation in East Asia encompassing
a volcanic archipelago ranging along the continent’s Pacific coast. It lies
between 24° to 46° north latitude and from 123° to 146° east longitude. Japan
is southeast of the Russian Far East, parted by the Sea of Okhotsk, slightly
east of the Korean Peninsula, parted by the Sea of Japan and east-northeast of
China and Taiwan, parted by the East China Sea. The closest bordering country
to Japan is Russia. The Japanese language is known around the United States. Japan does
lots of business and it’s good for business world to know how to communicate to
on the census from October 2010, Japan’s population was at its peak at
128,057,352. As of October 1, 2015, the population was 127,094,745 making it
the world’s tenth-most populous country at the time. It had dropped by 0.8
percent from the time of the census five years ago, the first time it had dropped
since the 1945 census. Mexico’s population was slightly less than Japan’s in
2015, with projections suggesting Mexico will soon pass Japan. Current
statistics do not indicate much difference in population numbers. Japan’s
population size can be accredited to high growth rates experienced during the
late 19th and early 20th centuries.
2010, Japan has experienced net population loss due to falling birth rates and almost
no immigration, despite having one of the highest life expectancies in the world;
at 85.00 years as of 2016 (it was 81.25 as of 2006). Using the annual estimate
for October of each year, the population peaked in 2008 at 128,083,960 and had
fallen 285,256 by October 2011. Japan’s population density was 336 people per
is said that Ethnic
up 98.5% of the total population but also the Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%, other
0.6%, in fact these numbers are not known. The Ministry of Justice in
Japan conflates nationality with ethnicity, and they have no official data on
the actual ethnic breakdown of people in Japan.
The two type of religion in Japan is Shinto and Buddhism. Shinto
is an ancient native religion of Japan. Japanese people still exercise in a
form of revised by the influence of Buddhism and Confucianism. The term Shinto
is created to distinguish the native relation from Buddhism, the same as the
Japanese kami-no-michi, “the way of the gods” or “the way of those above.” Kami
means “above” or “superior,” this is the name used to entitle a great host of
supernatural beings or deities. Buddhism is a religion and philosophy founded
in India in c.525 B.C. by Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Buddha. There are
300 million Buddhists worldwide and one of the world great religions. It is
divided into two main schools, the Theravada or Hinyana in Sri Lanka and
South-East Asia, and the Mahayana in China, Mongolia, Korea, and Japan. The
third school, is the Vajrayana, has a long tradition in Tibet and Japan.
Buddhism has mostly disappeared from its country of origin, India, except the
many refugees from the Tibet region of China and small number converts from the
lower castes of Hinduism.
Education is an important commitment in the Japanese culture.
The Japanese parents are very strict about getting good grades. The parents are
always pressuring to do well, in order to be able to have a high paying job.
School usually starts in the morning till night (8am-6pm). The students would
always have to take off their shoes and a sign of respect of the building. The
teachers are firm to the students to grow them stronger and disciplined. After
school most of them would participate after school activities like sports or
even a study group.
Japan is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary
government. Japan government is based on a constitution of 1947. The Allied
occupation authorities drafted it, and it was approved by the Japanese diet.
The emperor is the “symbol of the state” but sovereignty rest with the people.
Hirohito was the emperor from 1926 till he died in 1989 and his son, Akihito,
then succeeded him. The regime has sole governmental power. It is constituted the
House of Representatives, with 500 members elected for a four-year term, with
300 representatives chosen by single-seat constituencies and the rest proportionately.
The house of councilors, with 252 members for a six-year term and with 18
members with executive power and headed by the prime minister, who is elected
by the regime and is usually the leader of the majority part of that body.
Japan is divided into 47 regions. A popularly elected governor and unicameral
legislature govern each of them. The cities, towns, and villages, elect there
own mayors and assemblages.
their knowledge in technology and resources, they are very significant to the
U.S. Japan technology is very revolutionary. Japanese like everything to be neat
and clean, like there technology. Japan resources are fishes, rice, sugar
beets, vegetable, fruits, pork, poultry, dairy products and eggs. Japan is the
world’s largest and technologically advanced producers of mother vehicles,
electronics equipment, machine tools, steel and nonferrous metals, ships,
chemicals, textiles and processed foods.
6. Political Affairs
December 7, 1941 Japan had attacks in Pearl Harbor. A report indicated that
2400 people were killed and 1300 were wounded. For that reason the U.S. had
entered World War II. The U.S. Navy ships were positioned at Pearl Harbor and
that’s the reason for Japanese attack. They were trying to paralyze from
helping in the war. All they did was anger the U.S. The U.S. has a reason to
join the war now. On August 6, 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped on the City of
Hiroshima. The Enola Gay was the plane Colonel Tibbetts used to do this mission.
After the dropping bomb the U.S. had this war in its hand.
current outlook towards United States is to strengthen the alliance. When
President Bush came in as president, he talked to Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori
and the new president and between Foreign Minister Yohei Kono and Secretary of
State Colin Powell. Minister Kono later came and visited the United States to
talk with Colin Powell. They built up a good personal relationship, talking
about views on bilateral relations, foreign situations and effort in regard to
global issues. On February 10 2001, a U.S. nuclear powered submarine collided
into a fisheries training vessel. Japan was angered for that mistake and U.S.
apologized. From that day on they are trying to strengthen their trading,
ideas, and relations.