HTT 200 Final Paper

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Running head: FOREIGN DESTINATION RESEARCH PROJECT- JAPAN 1 Foreign Destination Research Project- Japan Justin Calame HTT 200 May 22, 2011 Edward Gaeraths
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FOREIGN DESTINATION RESEARCH PROJECT- JAPAN 2 Foreign Destination Research Project- Japan Of all the countries I could have picked for this assignment I chose a place in which I have already been to and know a little bit about. The destination I chose for my final project is the island of Japan, also known as the land of the rising sun. I chose Japan because I was stationed there from Feb. 1999 to Aug. 1999 and thought it was nice, well the parts I was able to see. I would love to go back and actually see the country from mainland Japan down to the islands of Okinawa and Iwo Jima. To me this country has so much history from the Samurai to becoming an economic power. The Japanese was in a decade long civil war up until 1603 when the Tokugawa shogunate (which is a military-led, dynastic government) brought in a period of political stability and isolated themselves from any foreign influence. That is until 1854 when they signed the Treaty of Kanagawa with the U.S. this led Japan to be more modern and industrialized. Japan became a military powerhouse in the late 19 th century and early 20 th century when they were able to beat forces in both China and Russia. During this time Japan managed to occupy many countries, these countries included Korea, Taiwan, and southern Sakhalin Island. From 1931 to 1932 Japan occupied Manchuria (which is now modern day Mongolia) it was not until 1937 when Japan launched a full scale invasion on China. On December 7, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy base of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in which afterwards Adm. Yamamoto said that he “fears that all they did was awaken a sleeping giant.” Japan is a part of the largest continent, Asia. The geographic coordinates are 36.00 N, 138.00 E and is bordered by the Sea of Japan, North Pacific Ocean, and the Philippine Sea. To get an idea of how big or small Japan is, it is slightly smaller than California. The climate ranges from tropical in the south to cool and temperate in the north. The population of Japan is
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FOREIGN DESTINATION RESEARCH PROJECT- JAPAN 3 estimated to be 126,475,664 by July 2011, which will be the 10 th most populated country in the world. Japan’s median age is about 44.8 years. However, if you want to break it down by the sexes the men’s median age is 43.2 years and the women’s median age is 46.7 years which is also an estimate for 2011. (CIA.gov, 2011) Of course wherever you may go there could be some type of travel alert and Japan is no different. Especially after the deadly 9.0 earthquake and tsunami the devastated the northeast
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