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The capital city of japan is Tokyo 12 of japans largest cities: Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Kobe, Kyoto, Fukuoka

, Kawasaki, Saitama, Hiroshima, Sendai, Kitakyushu

Climate of japan in the north: Most of Japan is in the northern temperature zone of the earth and has a humid monsoon climate, with south easterly winds blowing from the Pacific Ocean during the summer and north westerly winds blowing from the Eurasian continent in the winter.

Japans four main islands: Hokkaido is in the northeast and the home of the island's capital city of Sapporo. Honshu is the largest island and the Japanese core area which includes Tokyo and OsakaKyoto. Honshu is the world's seventh largest island. Shikoku and Kyushu are in the south (Kyushu is in the extreme southwest and Shikoku is to its east). Population of japan: 127,450,460 The literacy rate of japan is: 99% Flag: Government: Parliamentary with constitutional monarchy Prime Minister: Yoshihiko Noda (elected Aug 2011) GDP: 4.34 Trillion (2008) Electric Power Generation: Conventional thermal (coal, oil, natural gas) 60%, Nuclear 29%, Hydroelectric 9%, Renewables 2%

The Kofun were headed by a class of aristocratic warlords. sugar beets.425 million bbl/day Internet Users: 87. At the end of the last Ice Age. the aristocratic class practiced Buddhism and Chinese calligraphy. as well. The first strong central government developed in Nara (710-794). fish Currency: Yen Life Expectancy: Average: 82. ruled from Yamato Province. while agricultural villagers followed Shintoism.D. motor vehicles.8.5 million Environmental Issues: Acid rain. 538-710. poetry and prose. rice cultivation. Male: 78. Buddhism came to Japan during the Asuka Period. Jomon hunter-gatherers fashioned fur clothing. 794-1185.Industries: Consumer electronics. as did the Chinese writing system. Japan's unique culture developed rapidly in the Heian era. the Ainu people may be descendants of the Jomon. by the Yayoi people introduced metalworking. The samurai warrior class developed at this time. a culture called the Jomon developed. History of japan: Japan likely was settled about 35. and nonferrous metals Exports: Motor vehicles. characterized by large burial mounds or tumuli.C. Female: 85.800 Unemployment Rate: 4% Oil imports: 5. about 10. semiconductors.6 GDP per Capita: $33. and office machinery Agriculture: Rice. and elaborate clay vessels. fruit.000 years ago. vegetables. Japan is the largest consumer of Amazon rainforest timber. pork. wooden houses. machine tools. The first era of recorded history in Japan is the Kofun (250-538 A.000 years ago by Palaeolithic people from the Asian mainland. and weaving to Japan. Society was divided into clans.). they adopted many Chinese customs and innovations. DNA evidence suggests that these settlers came from Korea. According to DNA analysis. steel. . The imperial court turned out enduring art. A second wave of settlement around 400 B.

their control lasted through the end of the Edo period. Raw horse meat is a popular food in Japan. For many Japanese couples Christmas is celebrated like Valentine's Day in the western world. Go-Daigo. its surrender. 8. his son became the Taisho Emperor (r. industrialized nation. and kanji. During this time. a class of strong regional lords called "daimyo" increased in power. called "shoguns. Facts of japan: Interesting Facts about Japan 1. resulting in a civil war between competing northern and southern courts that finally ended in 1392. Poorly written English can be found everywhere. 7. (r. 9. is an active volcano. Hirohito. hiragana. a new constitutional monarchy was established. A nice musk melon. Sometimes the trains are so crowded railway staff are employed to cram passengers inside. tried to overthrew shogunate rule in 1331. Religion does not play a big role in the lives of most Japanese and many do not understand the difference between Shintoism and Buddhism. 1912-1926). similar to a cantaloupe. may sell for over $300US. katakana. There are four different writing systems in Japan. the tallest mountain in Japan. His chronic illnesses allowed the Diet of Japan to democratize the country further. Aided by two miraculous typhoons. . Japan formalized its rule over Korea and seized northern China during World War I. The Kamakura Shogunate (1185-1333) ruled much of Japan from Kyoto. romaji. 5. and its rebirth as a modern. the Kamakura repelled attacks by Mongol armadas in 1274 and 1281. and ruled Japan in the name of the emperor until 1868." took over governmental power in 1185. Fuji. 2. in 1868. Mt. headed by the Meiji Emperor. A particularly strong emperor. After the Meiji Emperor's death.Samurai lords. The power of the shoguns was broken. 4. In that year. 3. 6. The Showa Emperor. including T-shirts and other fashion items. including more than 200 volcanoes. 1926-1989) oversaw Japan's aggressive expansion during World War II. also known as the Tokugawa Shogunate. More than 70% of Japan consists of mountains.

12. Many restaurants in the Ryogoku district of Tokyo serve this nabe (Japanese word for stew). There are around 1. 14. 18. are slurped loudly when eaten. Noodles. Japan's literacy rate is almost 100%. 11. When you use the restroom in some one's home. especially soba (buckwheat). 19. although baseball is also very popular. you may need to put on special bathroom slippers so as not to contaminate the rest of the home. 16. When moving into an apartment it is often required to give the landlord a "gift" of money equal to two months' rent. It is often said slurping symbolizes the food is delicious. Sumo wrestlers eat a stew called Chankonabe to fatten up. 13. Coffee is very popular and Japan imports approximately 85% of Jamaica's annual coffee production.10.500 earthquakes every year in Japan. Many of the western style toilets in Japan have a built-in bidet system for spraying your backside. Sumo is Japan's national sport. but the slurping also serves to cool down the hot noodles for eating. and other items. . hot and cold canned coffee. Vending machines in Japan sell beer. Japan is the world’s largest consumer of Amazon rain forest timber. cigarettes. 20. 15. 17.

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