Independence Year : -660
Population : 126714000
Life Expectancy : 80.7
Capital : 1532
GNP : 3787042.00
GNP Old : 4192638.00
Local Name : Nihon/Nippon
Government Form : Constitutional Monarchy
Location : Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan (East Sea), east of the Korean Peninsula.
Terrain : Rugged, mountainous islands
Climate : Varies from subtropical to temperate
Ethnic Group : Japanese.
Religions : Shinto and Buddhist
Official Website : www.kunaicho.go.jp
Genral Information - Japan
While retaining its time-honored culture, Japan rapidly absorbed Western technology during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
After its devastating defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become the second most powerful economy in the world and a staunch ally of the US.
While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, actual power rests in networks of powerful politicians, bureaucrats, and business executives.
The economy experienced a major slowdown in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)