Japan is one of the world’s major economic and cultural powers. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it’s Asian neighbors include the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, South Korea, Russia and Taiwan.Japan is an archipelago consisting of four major islands called HonshÅ«, HokkaidÅ, KyÅ«shÅ« and Shikoku and over 3000 smaller islands. Japan is one of the leading nations in the fields of scientific research, particularly technology, machinery and biomedical research. Japan’s global technological contributions can be found in the fields of automobiles, chemicals, electronics, earthquake engineering, machinery,. . optics,. semiconductors, metals and industrial robotics.
Map of Japan
Japan is a constitutional monarchy where the power of the Emperor is very limited. Power is held chiefly by the Prime Minister of Japan and other elected members of the Diet, while sovereignty is vested in the Japanese people. Japan is sometimes referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun”.
Population: 127.4 Million (July 2007)
Size: 377,873 sq. km.
Official Language: Japanese
Time Zone: +9 UTC