Japan #1 Konnichiwa! Intro to Japan The most Western Eastern state Land of the Rising Sun Samurai, Geisha, Kamikaze, Kimono, Rock Gardens, Shoto – calligraphy, Ninjas – Royal Guards of the emperor Sushi – Staple of Japan Wasabi sake etc. Manga and Anime – Pokémon Godzilla Karaoke 50% of USA drives o Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Isuzu, Suzuki, Subaru, Mazda, Kawasaki Electronics o Mitsubishi, Sony, Casio, Fuji, Yokohama, Nikon, Toshiba, Nintendo High technology, robots, GDP, GDP per capita, and other things rival the USA how did they get the #2 economy on earth For 60 years they have been USA’s best Asian buddy o Staunch part of team west but is a part of the far east. Physical World of Japan Island nation state So far east is is called by the British as “the Far East” They are the first to see the Rising Sun o Like their flag 4 Main islands – north to south o Hokkaido o Honshu Main island o Shikoku o Kyushu Ryukyu Islands o Okinawa – where US military bases are. ½ between Japan, Taiwan, and China Kuril Islands o Still disputed between Russia and Japan no treaty signed yet Islands o Separate and distinct from mainland Asia very much like the UK o Standoffish and different Size o 4 main islands about the size of California with 4 times the amount of people o If you took all Americans west of Mississippi
o 127 million people on those islands o Japan like the Eastern Seaboard of USA Cold in the north Hot in the south o
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