The Prefectures of Japan
The most populated cities in Japan
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Shinkansen in front of Mount Fuji
Japan - Nihon Koku
Flag of Japan (hi-no-maru)
Local Name: Nihon (Nippon)
Local Formal Name: Nihon Koku
ISO Country Code: jp
Actual Time: Thu-July-28 21:19
Local Time = UTC +9h
Country Calling Code: +81
Capital City: Tokyo
Other Cities: Chiba, Fukuoka, Hiroshima,
Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, Sendai, Yokohama.
List of the most populated cities in Japan
List of the Prefectures of Japan
Type: Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government.
Constitution: 3 May 1947.
Independence: 660 BC (traditional founding by Emperor Jimmu, held as official dogma until 1945.)
Location: Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan (East Sea), east of the Korean Peninsula.
Area: 377 864 sq. km. (145 902 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Rugged, mountainous islands.
Highest peak: Mount Fuji (富士山, Fuji-san)
Climate: Varies from subtropical to temperate.
Population: (2012) 128 million.
Ethnic groups: Japanese.
Religions: Shinto and Buddhist.
Language: Japanese (Nihongo)
Natural resources: Negligible mineral resources, fish.
Agriculture products: Rice, sugar beets, vegetables, fruit, pork, poultry, dairy products, eggs, fish.
Industries: Among world's largest and technologically advanced producers of motor vehicles, electronic equipment, machine tools, steel and nonferrous metals, ships, chemicals, textiles, processed foods.
Exports partners: USA 24.8%, China 12.1%, South Korea 7.3%, Taiwan 6.6%, Hong Kong 6.3% (2003)
Imports partners: China 19.7%, USA 15.6%, South Korea 4.7%, Indonesia 4.3% (2003)
Currency: Yen (JPY)
While retaining its time-honored culture, Japan rapidly absorbed Western technology during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
After its devastating defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become the second most powerful economy in the world and a staunch ally of the US.
While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, actual power rests in networks of powerful politicians, bureaucrats, and business executives.
The economy experienced a major slowdown in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)
related countries: China, Russia, South Korea, United States
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Official Sites of JapanThe Imperial Household Agency
Introduction to the official duties and various public activities of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, and other members of the Imperial Family.
Japans National Diet
Japans National Diet is composed of two houses:
The House of Representatives.
The House of Councillors.
Kantei of the Prime Minister
The Prime Minister's office website.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
Japan's representation to the UN.
Embassy of Japan
Japan Embassies and Consulates Abroad
List of Japan Embassies and Consulates around the world.
Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Japan
List of Embassies, Consulates and International Organizations in Japan.
Visa for Japan
Information on visa requirements to enter Japan.
Statistics Bureau & Statistics Center
Japan in figures.
Up-to-date statistical data of Japan in English.
Map of Japan
Political Map of Japan.
Google Earth Map Japan
Searchable satellite view and map of Japan.
Google Earth Map Tokyo
Searchable satellite view and map of Tokyo.
Searchable maps/satellite views of the cities of:
Fukuoka, Fukushima, Kobe, Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai, Yokohama
See also: Most populated cities of the world
Reference Map of Asia
Political Map of Asia.
Japan NewsAsahi Shimbun
The Japanes Newspaper.
News from Japan.
A leading source of Japan News in English.
National and international news.
Mainichi Daily News
Japanese and international news.
English-language weekly magazine.
News on Japan
The Weekly Post
English-language version of a popular Japanese newsweekly.
National and international news.
Bookmark/share this page
Arts & Culture__Cyberworld
Cool Girls Japan
The Japanese Web Girls Online Magazine.
Online magazine covering all the Hype, Street Fashion and Club Culture in Japan.
Dive deeper into Japan, weekly updated photo features on Japan and the Japanese, news, information, book & music reviews.
Daily updated photos of Japanese Street Fashion, fashion trends of Japan's trendy youths.
Page about the first virtual Cybergirl.
E-Zine directly from Japan.
Streets of Tokyo, faces of Japan, planet manga.
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Kyoto National Museum
The Kyoto National Museum was established as a National institution for the collection and preservation of cultural properties.
The National Museum of Ethnology - Information on people, societies and cultures throughout of the world.
Osaka Museum of Natural History
With an historical Home Page.
Tokyo National Museum
Collection of art works and antiquities from Japan and other Asian countries.
A Guide to Blues Music in Japan & Overseas.
Giuseppe Albanese's page provides a list of all existing anime (Japanese animated figures) produced in Japan since 1917.
The Online World of Anime and Manga.
The first Manga magazine in the world on the web.
Anime and Manga.
Otaku culture, games, animation, fashion, hi tech and more.
Japan Karate Association
The Art of the Sword - Martial Art.
The site referes to pictures of beautiful women in Japanese art - Bijinga.
The Way of Tea - The Urasenke Tradition of Tea.
Sado/Chado - Tea Ceremony
The ritualized preparation and serving of powdered green tea in the presence of guests.
GODS of Japan
Comrehensive A-to-Z Photo Dictionary of Japanese Buddhism (Buddhist & Shinto Deities)
Ikebana Saga School
The Art of Flower Arrangement.
Page about Buddhism in Japan by japan-guide.com
Japanese garden database
Japanese gardens around the world.
Japanese myths site with information on the various gods, heroes and monsters.
Kabuki for Everyone
The traditional form of Japanese theater.
Kunijo Kabuki Ekotoba
An illustrated manuscript of Japanese classical play Kabuki.
Karyukai means "Flower and Willow World", a poetic term for the society of the Geisha.
Kimono, Kimono Fabric & Japanese Clothing
Kimono, meaning clothing in Japanese, a site about Kimono.
Japan Go Association.
Ogasawara Sencha Service School
An Introduction to Tea Ceremony by Head Tea Master of Ogasawara Sencha Service School.
The art of sword making.
Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri Village
The mountain village in Shirakawa-go, Gifu Pref. with traditional wooden houses is a world heritage site.
Shogi is a Japanese board game comparable with chess.
Traditional Japanese lacquerware.
Zen - International Research Institute for Zen
Established to promote basic research on Zen Buddhism.
The Institute for Zen Studies
Founded in 1964 to promote research in Zen teachings, thought, and various cultural expressions. (in Japanese)
Site about Japan's ancient architectures and gardens as well as traditional artistic handicrafts.
Traditional Crafts of Japan
From silk, the aristocratic fiber to paper and porcelain.
The Virtual Museum of Traditional Japanese Arts
Jinno-ji Shinto Temple at City of Kimitsu
Business & EconomyBank of Japan
Central Bank Japan.
Index of the Japanese stock market.
Tokyo Stock Exchange
Nikkei Net Interactive
Japanese Stock Market.
The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
JETRO is a Japanese government-related organization that promotes mutually beneficial trade and investment relations between Japan and other nations.
Toys, from the Rhythm Ball (1950) to Sailor Moon (1993), Tamagotchi (1996) and more.
Fine cameras and copiers.
Japanese cars and motorbikes.
Beauty and Health made in Japan.
Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd.
More fine cameras.
... and more fine cameras.
The Japanese answer to CHANEL & Co.
One of the largest advertising agencies in the world.
All Nippon Airways
New Tokyo International Airport, Narita-shi, Chiba.
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
East Japan Railway
West Japan Railway Company
Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Destination Japan - Country GuidesJapan National Tourist Organization
Travel and tourism guide on Japan, the Japanese and much much more.
Launched with the aim of helping people around the world get to know more about Japan and the Japanese.
The Japan Foundation
Organization for international cultural exchange in Japan.
Guides to Japan
200 pages with illustrated, general information on most aspects of modern and traditional Japan.
The Japan FAQ: Know Before You Go
(Or: what I wish i knew before....) The Complete Guide to Working, Visiting, and Living in Japan.
Japan Information Network
Containing the latest information about Japan.
Tha Japanese art to convey consideration and sympathy for others through an esthetic sense of innate and dispassionate self-control.
A Guide to Photography in Japan.
Schauwecker's Guide to Japan
More than 200 pages with illustrated, general information about most aspects of modern and traditional Japan.
Trends in Japan
The latest domestic trends.
Official City Sites and City Guides
Travelers guide to Tokyo by the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties
The Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties.
Tokyo Food Page
More than 800 Tokyo-area restaurants.
Life in the metropolis.
City of Chiba
City of Fukuoka
City of Kobe
City of Kyoto
City of Osaka
City of Sendai
Hotels in Japan
Find a Hotel in Japan.
|Travel and Tour Consumer Information
|Education & Research
Study in Japan
A comprehensive guide to study in Japan.
National University, established in 1949.
Founded as Igirisu Horitsu Gakko (The English Law School) in 1885.
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
University of Tokyo
The former Tokyo Imperial University, first Japanese institution of higher learning, founded 1877.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Official website of the independent administrative institution of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA.)
The National Institute of Informatics
Computer Science and Information Engineering Research
National Science Museum
National Museum of Nature and Science,Tokyo.
School-kids in Japan © pref.oita.jp
Environment & NatureFriends of the Earth Japan
Tokyo based environmental advocacy group.
Geological Survey of Japan
Official Japanese geoscientific information.
Global Environment Forum-Kansai
The forum is engaged in a variety of activities all concerning environmental issues.
Environmental Web Sites in Japan
List of Japanese environmental web sites.
HistoryJapan Guide - History
Most general facts of Japanese history.
National Museum of Japanese History
The museum's homepage.
National Archives of Japan
Japans official documents and records.
The Final Years of the Samurai
Ridgeback Press specializes in historical biography of the final years of the samurai.
SearchDiscovering Japan through the Internet
Japan Web Navigator
Links to Japan by the JIN (Japan Information Network)
Additional Information on JapanAsian Network Information Center (ASNIC) - Japan
BBC News Country Profile: Japan
Stanford University's Guide to Japan.
Open Directory: Japan
The World Factbook -- Japan
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