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For a long time and after several waves of migrations from the Asian continent and from different places all over the world and nearby Pacific islands, made this country experience a change in culture and tradition as a mix espsecially from Korea and China. However Jappan as a country has come a long way from being isolated from the world to now being very interactive and progressive.The developments speak loud and clear now in modern Japan.
Again in Japan, culture is very important for all the citizens living in this country the inter-relationships between people are heavily influenced by "obligation" and "duty" in a way that is no longer true in the more individualistic and free-wheeling West.Japan is considered to be an under developed country that still competes with the world market to come in the scenario of developed countries.But when it comes to traditions and relationships particularly obligations to family, school, and friends they live up to their culture and warm nature.The Japanese folks are better known for their physical comedy outside of Japan but now something that is quite prominent in the country, they have intricate and complex humor and jokes. Because this humor relies so heavily on Japanese language, culture, religion, and ethics, however, they are generally considered to be very difficult to translate.
Business and Economy
The Japanese economy is one of the strongest in the world if you compare it with the other Asian countries.There are next to the USA which has a higher GNP. The Japanese currency is the Yen.The Exports scenario looks very pleasant for this country and Japan's main export goods are cars, electronic devices and computers. Most important single trade partner is the USA which imports more than one quarter of all Japanese exports and this in turn adds to the revenue factor to the country. Other major export countries are Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, China and Singapore.Japan has a large surplus in its export/import balance. The most important import goods are raw materials such as oil, foodstuffs, and wood. Major suppliers are the USA, China, Indonesia, South Korea, and Australia.
The most prominent Industries of Japan are listed and they constitute the industrial sector: Manufacturing, construction, distribution, real estate, services, and communication are Japan's major industries today. Agriculture makes up only about 2% of the GNP. Most important agricultural product is rice. Resources of raw materials are very limited and the mining industry rather small.
The major cities of Japan are Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Okayama ,Kagoshima, Kamakura, Kanazawa, Kobe ,Kumamoto, Kurashiki ,Kyoto, Matsue, Nagano, Nagasaki, Nagoya ,Nara ,Osaka, Sapporo, Takayam,Tokyo ,Yokohama.Tokyo is the capital of Japan.
Location: Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula
Geographic coordinates: 36 00 N, 138 00 E
total: 377,835 sq km
land: 374,744 sq km
water: 3,091 sq km
Population: 127,417,244 (July 2005 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 14.3% (male 9,328,584/female 8,866,772)
15-64 years: 66.2% (male 42,462,533/female 41,942,835)
65 years and over: 19.5% (male 10,435,284/female 14,381,236) (2005 est.)
Sex ratio:at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.73 male(s)/female
Total population: 0.96 male(s)/female (2005 est.)
Infant mortality rate: total: 3.26 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 3.52 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 2.99 deaths/1,000 live births (2005 est.)
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.15 years
male: 77.86 years
female: 84.61 years (2005 est.)
GDP: purchasing power parity - $3.745 trillion (2005 est.)
GDP - real growth rate: 2.9% (2005 est.)
GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $29,400 (2005 est.)
GDP - composition by sector: industry: 24.7%
services: 74.1% (2005 est.)