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Japan lies in the northeast corner of Asia and is about four percent the size of the United States. Four main islands make up the geography of Japan, the islands are Hokkiado, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Japan has a population of about 125 million, comprised of about half males and half females. Over 99% of the population consists of native born Japanese and the minority is predominantly Korean. The land represents only 0.3 percent of the world land mass, yet its people represent about 3 percent of the worlds population. This statistic accounts for the extreme crowdedness seen in Japan. The area of Japan is about 146,000 square miles made up of an abundance of mountainous terrain. 72% of Japan’s area is covered by mountains, and 70% is made up of forest region, leaving only about 15% for agricultural purposes and stock rearing. Because of the terrain in Japan, a majority of the population lives in the major cities, such as Tokyo. (CLICK) Japan’s GNP is about $38,160 per capita and the real growth rate is 1.8 percent. Life expectancy in Japan is the highest in the World, it is currently 80 years old. (CLICK) Japan has been occupied for thousands of years. The current emperor’s dynasty is said to have been founded in 660 B.C. Historically, Japan has resisted outside influences, however their view of foreigners has changed over time and they are accepting of others. Japan was opened to foreign markets in 1853. They have been involved in many Asian conflicts involving Korea, China and Manchuria prior to World War II. After World War II, Japan was occupied for several years, from 1945 to 1952, and the United States instituted many reforms on Japanese after the war. (CLICK) Japan’s government is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch. The chief of state is the emperor who is currently Emperor Akihito. Although the emperor is the head of state, he has no governing power. The head of the gov...

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