Asia

Japan

Capital and Population

The capital of Japan is Tokyo. It's population is 8.946 million people.

The total population of all of Japan is 127.6 million people

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Climate and Land Size

The Japanese seasons are at the opposite times to when ours are because they are in the Northern Hemispere.



For example: Our summer, December, January and February is their Winter


Japan is 377,873 square kilometres (which is about half the size of NSW).


Religion

The two main religions that Japanese people practice are Shinto and Buddism

Customs/Beliefs

Some of the traditions that the Japanese have are:


Tea Ceremony - the way of preparing and drinking tea.

Geisha girls - female entertainers performing traditional Japanese arts.

Hanetsuki - demonstrating Japanese badminton .


These are just a few of the traditions but there are loads more to explore.




Language

Japanese is the language spoken in Japan by about 125 million people. This language is also known as Nihongo by the Japanese.



History highlights

The first known written reference to Japan in the 1st century AD.

The current imperial family emerged in about 700 AD. It was held in high regard but had little power.

Until the 1860s Japan was an underdeveloped island nation. However, it was about this time that Japan began growing its military force. Japan attempted to conquer China in 1937, but failed.

In 1941 Japan attacted the port of Pearl Harbour which led to war with the USA. This resulted in the USA occupying Japan until 1952.

Since 1955 Japan has benefited from growing its economy to become a world leader in electronics manufacturing.

In 1995 a massive earthquake hit the centre of Japan. About 6,434 people died.

2001- 2006-Princess Masako gave birth to a girl,Aiko. Five years later Princess Kiko had a boy,Hisatio.

2010 - China's economy took over Japan to become the world's second largest.

2011 - a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan and caused damage to it's major cities


These are just a very brief history of Japan.


SCARY Japan Earthquake 9.0 Buildings Swaying

Economy

Japan has the third largest economy in the world and has the second largest developed economy. It is the third largest car manufacturing country. Manufacturing today in Japan now focuses on more high-tech and robotic machines and vehicles.


Education

Japanese children start scool in the April after their sixth birthday. There are about 30-40 students in a typical school class. The subjects that they study include Japanese, maths, science, social studies, music, craft, physical education and home economics.

Today most Japanese schools learn English.

Health

The good levels of health in Japan are due to a number of things which include cultural habits ,isolation and the universal health care system. Japanese people are believed to be the healthiest people on the planet because of their 14 visits to the doctor each year. It has also been documented that the high levels of fish eaten in Japan have led to excellent health. The current concern is the increasing influence of Western take away food for example McDonalds and the negative effect this has had on the population in Japan.


Living conditions

During the postwar decades the standard of living in Japan had a massive rise. Some living might include crowded cities with small apartments and wall-to-wall houses due to the high costs of land.

Natural resources

Japan has a limited number of natural resources.They depend on other countries to import them things like oil, gas, many metals and more. A list of Japan's natural resources would include things like timber, titanium and sheet mica.

Environmental issues

Environmental pollution in Japan has accompanied industrialization since the Meiji period (since 1860s). One of the earliest causes was copper poisoning.