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Japans History During the 19th and 20th centuries Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the military forces of both China and Russia. In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria. In 1937 Japan launched a full-scale invasion on China. In 2011 Japan strongest ever earthquake

that killed thousands of people and their homes. A Paleolithic culture around 30,000 B.C. constitutes first known habitation Japanese archipelago. Japan first appears in written history in the Chinese Book of Han.

G e o g r a p h y o f Ja pa n Total area of Japan is 377,915 sq km. The area is just slightly smaller than California. Japan has

364,485 sq km of land and 13,430 of water. Its mostly rugged and mountainous terrains. Some of the natural re-

sources are mineral negligible mineral resources and also fish. Japan has many dormant but some active volcanoes.



Japans Climate Japans temperature varies greatly from north to south Japan. The average winter temperature of Japan is 41.2 째째F. The average summer temperature is 77 째F. The highest temperature ever in Japan was 105 째F. The pacific coast of Japan is very humid sub-

tropical climate. It has mild winters and occasional snowfall. It Experiences hot, humid summers because of the southeast seasonal wind. The main rainy season begins in May in Okinawa.

Ja pa n s E n v i ro n m e n t Japan has very bad environmental pollution. Power plants may cause acid rain since there is a lot of factories and power plants in Japan. Some current environmental

issues are waste management, air pollution, water eutrophication, natural conservation, climate change, chemical management, and international co- operation for

Ja pa n s b i o d i v e r s i t y Japan has nine forest ecoregions which reflect to the climate and geography of the islands. They range from subtropical moist broadleaf forests to temperate broadleaf and

mixed forests. Japan has over 90,000 species of wildlife including the brown bear, Japanese raccoon dog, and the Japanese giant salamander.




Economy of Japan As of 2012 Japan has the third largest national economy in the world! Japan has a large industrial capacity and is home to some of the largest and most technologically advanced of motor vehicles. Japans main exports are machinery and equipment fossil fuels foodstuffs, chemicals, textiles,

and raw materials. Japan has one of the smallest tax revenues in the world. Some of Japans largest enterprises are Nintendo, Toyota, Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, Sharp, and Nippon Steel. Japanese companies are known for management methods.

Ja pa n s l a n g u ag e More than 99 percent of the population speaks Japanese as their first language. Japanese writing uses kanji and two sets of kana as well as Latin alphabet and Arabic Numbers. Most public and private schools require stu-

dents to take both Japanese and English. Besides Japanese the Ryukyuan languages are spoken in Okinawa but most of the children don't speak this language. The Ainu Language which isn't part of the Japanese language

Ja pa n s s p o rt s Sumo wrestling is considered Japans national sport. Japanese material arts such as judo, karate, and kendo are also popular in Japan. Japan has hosted the winter Olym-

pics twice: Sapporo in 1972 and the Nagano in 1998. Baseball is also a popular sport in Japan at this time. Japans top professional league was established in 1936.

but some of the older people in Japan can speak it or some words of it.

Japan is a very interesting and big country in Asia. They have many factories and have a very big economy. They have many types of food and the sports are very interesting. Japan is very humid but has a beautiful environment and very nice people. Japan would be a good place to visit, but is very crowded. Japan has 127.8 million people!

Japans Food The traditional food in Japan is based on rice with miso soup and other dishes. The side dishes normally consists of fish, pickled vegetables and vegetables cooked in broth. Fish is the common in traditional cuisine and is often grilled. Fish may also be served raw, for example like sushi. Seafood and vegetables are deep fried in Japan.

Soba and udon are the main noodle dishes. Traditional Japanese sweets are known as wagashi. Ingredients such as red bean pasta and mochi are used. Green tea is produced in Japan and prepared in various ways such as matcha.



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