Japan is an island nation in East Asia encompassinga volcanic archipelago ranging along the continent’s Pacific coast.
It liesbetween 24° to 46° north latitude and from 123° to 146° east longitude. Japanis southeast of the Russian Far East, parted by the Sea of Okhotsk, slightlyeast of the Korean Peninsula, parted by the Sea of Japan and east-northeast ofChina and Taiwan, parted by the East China Sea. The closest bordering countryto Japan is Russia.
The Japanese language is known around the United States. Japan doeslots of business and it’s good for business world to know how to communicate tothem. 1. PopulationFoundedon the census from October 2010, Japan’s population was at its peak at128,057,352. As of October 1, 2015, the population was 127,094,745 making itthe world’s tenth-most populous country at the time. It had dropped by 0.8percent from the time of the census five years ago, the first time it had droppedsince the 1945 census.
Mexico’s population was slightly less than Japan’s in2015, with projections suggesting Mexico will soon pass Japan. Currentstatistics do not indicate much difference in population numbers. Japan’spopulation size can be accredited to high growth rates experienced during thelate 19th and early 20th centuries. Since2010, Japan has experienced net population loss due to falling birth rates and almostno 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 estimatefor October of each year, the population peaked in 2008 at 128,083,960 and hadfallen 285,256 by October 2011. Japan’s population density was 336 people persquare kilometer. 2.
Ethnicity Though itis said that EthnicJapanese makeup 98.5% of the total population but also the Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.
4%, other0.6%, in fact these numbers are not known. The Ministry of Justice inJapan conflates nationality with ethnicity, and they have no official data onthe actual ethnic breakdown of people in Japan. 2.1 Religion The two type of religion in Japan is Shinto and Buddhism. Shintois an ancient native religion of Japan. Japanese people still exercise in aform of revised by the influence of Buddhism and Confucianism.
The term Shintois created to distinguish the native relation from Buddhism, the same as theJapanese kami-no-michi, “the way of the gods” or “the way of those above.” Kamimeans “above” or “superior,” this is the name used to entitle a great host ofsupernatural beings or deities. Buddhism is a religion and philosophy foundedin India in c.525 B.C.
by Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Buddha. There are300 million Buddhists worldwide and one of the world great religions. It isdivided into two main schools, the Theravada or Hinyana in Sri Lanka andSouth-East Asia, and the Mahayana in China, Mongolia, Korea, and Japan. Thethird school, is the Vajrayana, has a long tradition in Tibet and Japan.Buddhism has mostly disappeared from its country of origin, India, except themany refugees from the Tibet region of China and small number converts from thelower castes of Hinduism. 3.
EducationEducation is an important commitment in the Japanese culture.The Japanese parents are very strict about getting good grades. The parents arealways 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 wouldalways have to take off their shoes and a sign of respect of the building.
Theteachers are firm to the students to grow them stronger and disciplined. Afterschool most of them would participate after school activities like sports oreven a study group. 4. GovernmentJapan is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentarygovernment. Japan government is based on a constitution of 1947. The Alliedoccupation 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 theHouse of Representatives, with 500 members elected for a four-year term, with300 representatives chosen by single-seat constituencies and the rest proportionately.The house of councilors, with 252 members for a six-year term and with 18members with executive power and headed by the prime minister, who is electedby 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 unicamerallegislature govern each of them. The cities, towns, and villages, elect thereown mayors and assemblages. 5. ResourcesJapan withtheir knowledge in technology and resources, they are very significant to theU.S.
Japan technology is very revolutionary. Japanese like everything to be neatand clean, like there technology. Japan resources are fishes, rice, sugarbeets, vegetable, fruits, pork, poultry, dairy products and eggs. Japan is theworld’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 AffairsOnDecember 7, 1941 Japan had attacks in Pearl Harbor. A report indicated that2400 people were killed and 1300 were wounded. For that reason the U.S. hadentered World War II. The U.S.
Navy ships were positioned at Pearl Harbor andthat’s the reason for Japanese attack. They were trying to paralyze fromhelping in the war. All they did was anger the U.S. The U.S. has a reason tojoin the war now.
On August 6, 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped on the City ofHiroshima. 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.Japan’scurrent outlook towards United States is to strengthen the alliance. WhenPresident Bush came in as president, he talked to Prime Minister Yoshiro Moriand the new president and between Foreign Minister Yohei Kono and Secretary ofState Colin Powell. Minister Kono later came and visited the United States totalk with Colin Powell.
They built up a good personal relationship, talkingabout views on bilateral relations, foreign situations and effort in regard toglobal issues. On February 10 2001, a U.S. nuclear powered submarine collidedinto 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.