Government, Economy, Culture, and Geography
Executive Branch: Emperor Akihito (Since 1989) and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Since 2012)
Legislative Branch: The Diet (Kokkai) is made up of 2 parts (called chambers). They are called:1. House of Councillors (Sangi-in)2. House of Representatives (Shugi-in), and
Judicial Branch: National and Local Courts
The members of the Diet are elected by the people, and the Diet then chooses the Prime Minister. The Emperor inherits the throne.
The crops and meat, or agricultural products that are Japan produces most include rice, sugar beets, vegetables, fruit; pork, poultry, dairy products, eggs, and fish. Their most profitable industries include motor vehicles (13.6%), semiconductors (6.2%), iron and steel products (5.5%), auto parts (4.6%), plastic materials (3.5%), and power generating machinery 3.5%.
Japan imports goods from many countries to meet their needs. Japan's import partners are China 21.5%, US 8.9%, Australia 6.6%, Saudi Arabia 5.9%, United Arab Emirates 5%, and South Korea 4.7%. Their export partners, or countries that Japan sells their goods to, include China 19.7%, US 15.5%, South Korea 8%, Hong Kong 5.2%, Thailand 4.6%.
Japan is mostly rugged and mountainous island nation that is slightly smaller than the state of California in the United States. It is located off of the southeast coast of Asia. It's climate varies from tropical in the south to cool and temperate in the north. It has many natural hazards to adapt to, including volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and earthquakes.
Japan does not have an abundant supply of natural resources, although it does have some mineral resources and a large supply of fish. With virtually no energy natural resources, it is the world's largest importer of coal and liquefied natural gas, as well as the second largest importer of oil. Most of it's land (87.46%) of it is used for building and development, while the remaining is able to be used as farmland.
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