Japan Country Profile
Capital - Tokyo
Population - 127,368,088 (July 2012 est.)
Leaders Name - Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Currency - Japanese Yen (1 Japanese yen equals 0.0088 US Dollar)
GDP Per Capita - 38,492.09 USD (2013)
GDP Rank in the World - 3rd behind the U.S. and China
Literacy Rate - 99%
Life Expectancy - Average: 82, Male: 78.8, Female: 85.6
Language - Japanese is the official language of Japan
Tokyo Imperial Palace
Tokyo Tower - located in Japan's capital of Tokyo is the Tokyo Tower. The Tokyo Tower is evidence of the advancement of technology and modern life. It was inspired by the Eiffel Tower's design and is the second tallest man made structure in Japan. Visitors can climb the tower and see all the different views of Tokyo.
3 Important Historical Events
December 7th, 1941 - Japan launches a surprise attack on the US Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Twelve ships are sunk and nine are damaged. About 2,500 people are killed. The US and its main allies declare war on Japan the following day.
1951 - Japan signs peace treaty with the US and other nations. To this day, there is no peace treaty with Russia, as the legal successor to the Soviet Union.
1995 January - An earthquake hits central Japan, killing thousands and causing widespread damage. The city of Kobe is hardest hit.