JAPAN

By: Aye Phyu

Fuedalism Of Japan

What is feudalism? Feudalism is a social system and a type of government that existed in both Japan and Europe. It was based on people farming and fighting for nobles who in exchange gave protection and the use of land.
The society of Japan was put in to two separate classes which were the peasants and the nobles. The noble class made up 12% while the peasants made up 88% of the population.
The Emperor and the Shotgun were considered to be the highest nobles. But the Shotgun was the person who actually had power while the emperor was more like the puppet figure with no to little power.
Then it was the Daimyo or the landlords who were the most powerful rulers under Shotgun from the 10th century to the early 19th century. They had a huge amount of land and armies to protect the land and its workers.
Then the next highest were the samurais. The Daimyo armies were made up of samurai warriors. They had privileges and they were a higher social class than the common people like the peasants.
Then it was the peasants. The highest ranking peasants were the farmers but the farmers who owned land were higher ranked than the ones who did not. Then it was the craftsman or the artisans. Then it was the merchants because people thought they made money off of other people's work. And the fact that they weren't really needed because no one really traded, they just ate and used what they could grow themselves. But in later times when Japan started to use Money, the merchants climbed up the feudalism ladder and became wealthier.
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History of Japan

Facts about the history of Japan.

The earliest recorded Japanese history begins around the 400 A.D when the Yamato clan eventually based in Kyoto who managed to gain control of the other family groups in central and western Japan.

The rich ecosystem of the Japanese archipelago started after the last ice age which is around the 12,000 BC.

The Inhabitants of the Japanese at that time lived by fishing, hunting and gathering.

In the Yayoi period which is around the 300 B.C, rice was introduced to Japan by the Korean Peninsula.

The earliest pottery or artifact found in Japan which belonged to the Jomon period.

The culture, and the religion influences of Japan came from China.

The Japanese tired to take control of many countries which included China, Taiwan, and more.

Geography of Japan

Location of Japan : Japan consists of several thousands of islands. Which includes the Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku. And they are the four largest. Japan's closet neighbors are Korea, Russia, and China. The Sea that divides Japan from the rest of Asia is called the Japanese Sea or the Sea of Japan.

Area of Japan: The area is very comparable to many countries like Germany, California, Greece and more. The northern islands has a similar latitude as Milan and Portland while the southern lands has a similar latitude as the Bahamas. The country consists of 50% mountains.

Population of Japan: The population of Japan is mostly Japanese but more than half of the non-Japanese are Korean or of Korean descent.

The climate of Japan: The climate is very different from other countries because of the fact that Japan is made up of little countries so some areas could be hot or some could be hot, some areas could be dry while in somewhere else could be humid.
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Shintoism of Japan

What is Shintoism? Shintoism is a religion in Japan and the people of Japan with its roots reaching back to around 500 B.C

Facts about Shintoism
It is a polytheistic religion.

It believes in that every nature objects like water, rivers, lakes, mountains, rocks etc. has spirits or guardians.

It is defined as a action-centered religion.

The religion has no founder, no official scared scriptures and no fixed creeds but it has preserved its main beliefs and rituals throughout the ages.

The word Shinto which come from the Chinese Shin Tao.

And it came to use in order to distinguish indigenous Japan beliefs from Buddhism which was introduced to Japan in the 6th century A.D.

Shintoism is one of the religions that are tied to Japan culture and society along with Buddhism.

Current Events of Japan

The dolphin hunting in Japan :
In Japan, dolphin hunting season begins in September and runs through March and it is a regular thing that happens every year. But the hunt is heavily criticized by environmental activists because of the fact that dolphins are becoming endangered. Although the hunting of dolphins is widely avoided in the West, many in Japan defend the practice as a local custom and say it is no different to the slaughter of other animals for meat. The Japanese comment that "Dolphin fishing is one of traditional fishing forms of our country and is carried out appropriately in accordance with the law. Dolphin hunting is not covered by the International Whaling Commission control and it's controlled under responsibility of each country.

The decrease of population :
Right now Japan is one of the countries where the population is going down. And it is proven that by 2060, one third of the population will be gone and 40% of the Japanese will be retired by then. And the reason is that most people in Japan that are married aren't having kids because of many reasons like money problems, they don't like kids, etc. I think that Japan should start having kids because if they don't, their nationality will not be here in like 200 years.