Japanese History and Culture Essay

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Japan has always been an ever changing country. From the time when the emperor ruled and governed the country to the time when the emperor lost decision making power and became a symbol of national unity. Japans history is written throughout the world because of wars and trade especially with the United States. Japan is very isolated and lacking in essential resources, because of its relatively bad geography it is one of the biggest importers the world has ever known. Japan has very strong and unique cultural customs that have not changed over time (Japan).
Japan’s history is based off the customs of neighboring countries like China and Korea. The Buddhist religion came from contact with Korea. The ruling Yamato clan set up an imperial
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Japan’s capital is in Tokyo which is the world’s most populous metropolitan area with a population of thirty-five million people. Tokyo is also the world’s largest metropolitan economy (Japan).
After World War II Japan’s economy exploded to the point where Japan was one of the highest ranked in the world. The government-industry cooperation, strong work ethic, and mastery of high technology led Japan in the advancement of their economy for most technologically powerful to second in the world behind the United States. Japan’s industrial needs are heavily dependent on the import of raw materials and fuels. Japanese are self sufficient in rice production but it must import sixty percent of its food. Because of its geography, Japan is responsible for fifteen percent of the world’s fish catch. Even with Japan’s economy growing, by 2008 Japan entered a recession that landed interest rates near zero percent (Japan).
Japan is easily recognized as the island off the coast of China and the Korean Peninsula. Japan’s size is relative to the size of California but a bit smaller. Japan is a mostly rugged and mountainous country with a climate that is warmer in the south and cooler in the north. Mount Fuji is the highest point in Japan with an elevation of 12,388 feet. The only real natural resource is the abundant fish. There are a lot of natural hazards in and around Japan that include many dormant volcanoes and about 1,500 seismic…