ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Japan

Updated on May 29, 2013

Japan is one of the most developed countries of he world after the United States. It also is the world's leading industrial and economic power after the US.

The country is east from the Asian mainland, occupying a group of islands of which the four main ones are Hokkaido, Honshu(the largest and the most populated), Kyushu, and Shikoku. Japan is situated in the north by the Pacific Ocean and in the east of the north by South Korea.

Its land area is 145,822 sq mi.

Japan's capital is Tokyo witch is Japan's largest industrial and urban area. The city is the center of the country's government and finance.

The  country's population is 123,778,000(1990), four times that of California.

Japan's government is a contitutional monarchy.

More than 70% of the whole land area[which isn't very big (it's the size of California)] is covered by mountains. Its largest mountain range is the Japanese Alps. 

It also has a lot of volcanoes. About one half of them are still active.

Mount Fuji (Japan's highest peak and national symbol) is an inactive volcano witch is 12,388 ft high.

It also has floods, typhoons, earthquake, fewer mineral deposits and energy resources and a lots of tsunamis, waves that can travel an ocean at hundreds of miles per a hour and can reach up to the heigh  of 100 ft or more by the time it reaches the shores.

Japan has a climate of humid-continental. The Japanese winters are cold and it has lots of snowings. The country's other climate type is the humid-subtropical.

Some areas recieve more than 80 inches of rainfall each year

The elements of the Japanese culture are tied to the cultures of the Asian mainland. For example its language strongly resembles to the Korean and the Chinese. Buddhism is the country's main religion was introduced from China in the 6th century. Also the Chinese ideas and practices are the basis of Japan's early system.

The country's first inhabitants were probably the Ainus. They came from central Asia. They were forced farther and farther north by the Mongoloid invadarers, and arrived in Japan around 300B.C.

Its modernization began at the mid 1860s. This period of modernization was called the Meiji Restoration.

In World War II Japan signed the allience with Germany and Italy, and entered it by attacking the United States' naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

After the end of the W.W. II the Japanese empire(which was extended into almost all of the islands of the Pacific Ocean) collapsed.

With US aid Japan, like the other countries, also started to rebuild its economy until it became a major world industrial power.

Less than one fifth of Japan's land is arable. Yet their crop yields are among the highest  in the world, and it produces about 40% of its food needs.With the population half that the United States, Japan has twice as much farmers. The size of the avarage Japanese farm is only two and a half acres. Almost half of the country's farmland area is used to grow rice.Tea, mulberry trees(for silkworms), soybeans and a variety of fruits are well growned in the warmer climate(especially at South Japan). North Japan produces wheat, barley, potatoes, and vegetables.

Japan imports about half of its food, especially grains and meat.

The country's long coastline  helped it to become the largest fishing industry in the world; makes up over 10%  of the world's fish catch. The Japanese also have continued to practice commercial whaling despite international protests.

Forests cover more than two-thirds of Japan, making it the world's most forested nations. The cutting of Japan's timber is carefully controlled to prevent the loss of forests, limit soil erosion, and provide national parks.

Japan has few energy resources and industrial raw materials such as iron ore. Its major import is oil, but also imports coal.

The hydroelectric power plants provide 12 and the nuclear provide 25% of the country's electricity needs.

The Japanese products are considered as some of the best in the world. It is the world leader in production of cameras, televisions, videocassette recorders, radios, watches, and motorcycles. The country ranks high in the production of steel, computers, telephones and many household products. The Japanese are also leaders in such high-tech fields as electronic miniaturization.

The Japanese have succeeded in moving whole industries overseas. For example, there are several Japanese-owned factories in the United States producing automobiles and televisions. Many of the buildings and hotels in cities such as Los Angeles and Honolulu and most of the world's largest banks are Japanese-owned as well.

At the same time, however, Japan is feeling competition from other newly industrialized Asian countries, especially from China. Many of Japan's older industries, such as shipbuilding, steel, and textiles, are suffering from this competition. Also, the country has a very huge trade surplus(when a country exports more  than it imports). For instance, Japanese exports are two times greater to the United States than its imports from it.

All of Japan's major urban areas are faced with unaffordable housing, air pollution, and traffic congestion.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)