Modern Japan

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Geography of Modern Japan


Japan consists of several thousands of islands, of which Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku are the four largest. Japan's closest neighbors are Korea, Russia and China. The Sea of Japan separates the Asian continent from the Japanese archipelago.


Japan's area is comparable to that of Germany or California. Japan's northernmost islands are located on a similar geographical latitude as Milan or Portland, while her southernmost islands are on a similar latitude as the Bahamas. More than 50% of the country is mountainous and covered by forests. Japan is politically structured into 8 regions and 47 prefectures.


The population of Japan is about 125,000,000, including approximately two million foreign residents

Earthquakes and Volcanos: Because Japan is located in a region, where several continental plates meet, the country experiences frequent earthquakes.

For the same reason, there are many volcanos in Japan. Japan's most famous volcano and highest mountain is Mt.Fuji.

Climate: Due to the large North South extension of the country, the climate varies strongly in different regions. The climate in most of the major cities, including Tokyo, is temperate to subtropic and consists of four seasons.

Geography. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from

Society of Modern Japan-Conner

  • Modern constitution basically end the social distinctions between the classes.

  • This allows more people to be involved in the nation building

  • Set up schools and universities

  • Hired westerners to teach modern technology

  • Some women got an education-but still a secondary role in society

  • After 1898 women were banned from political participation

  • No ethnic, linguistic, religious divisions.

  • Last ethnic divisions were 1500 years before 1898

  • Korean and Chinese descent

  • Dialects of Japanese language-Normal, Kansai

  • Partly Democratic

  • Lots of Buddhist

  • Small number of Christians

"Japanese Society." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. 1968, G. (1968). Japanese Society. Retrieved December 18, 2015, from

Interesting Facts


  • In japan the population of the cities only have a unemployment rate less than 4%
  • Japan consists of over 6,800 islands

43 Interesting Facts About Japan | True Nomads. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from

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