How Did Japan Become the Most Powerful Nation in Asia

How Did Japan Become the Most Powerful Nation in Asia

Japan country profile

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Japan has the world’s third-largest economy, having achieved remarkable growth in the second half of the 20th Century after the devastation of the Second Earth War.

Its role in the international community is considerable. It is a major assist donor, and a source of global capital letter and credit.

More than three quarters of the population live in sprawling cities on the coastal fringes of Nihon’south four mountainous, heavily-wooded islands.

Japan’due south rapid post-war expansion – propelled by highly successful car and consumer electronics industries – ran out of steam past the 1990s under a mounting debt burden that successive governments have failed to address.

Japan’s relations with its neighbours are nonetheless heavily influenced by the legacy of Japanese actions earlier and during the Second Earth War. Nippon has plant information technology difficult to accept and atone for its treatment of the citizens of countries information technology occupied.



Capital: Tokyo

  • Population
    126.four one thousand thousand

  • Area
    377,864 sq km (145,894 sq miles)

  • Major language

  • Major religions
    Shintoism, Buddhism

  • Life expectancy
    81 years (men), 87 years (women)

  • Currency


Head of State: Emperor Naruhito

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Crown Prince Naruhito succeeded to the throne as emperor when his father Akihito abdicated on the last day of Apr 2019, after a reign of 30 years.

He as well promoted a more than approachable image of the purple family among the Japanese public, a fashion that the new emperor is expected to continue.

Emperor Naruhito, who studied at Oxford University, has said that his reign will deport the proper name Reiwa, which “beautiful harmony”.

Prime number minister: Fumio Kishida

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This scion of a political dynasty was elected leader of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party on the resignation of Yoshihide Suga, who had beaten him to the mail service and the premiership a year earlier.

Mr Suga resigned over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing the former foreign minister to have over.

Mr Kishida is seen as more liberal than his contempo predecessors, and is expected to steer the government slightly to the left subsequently winning a snap election in Oct 2021.

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Nihon’s broadcasting scene is competitive and technologically-avant-garde.

While the use of online media and social platforms is ubiquitous, the printed printing has a very high readership and is highly trusted.


Some cardinal dates in Japan’s history:

– US armada forces Nihon to open to foreign influence afterward over 200 years of self-imposed isolation.

– Empire of Nippon proclaimed, and country enters period of rapid industrialisation and imperial expansion.

– Nippon annexes Korea, becoming one of the world’s leading powers.

– Universal male suffrage is instituted.

– Seizes Chinese province of Manchu, Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing amid atrocities such as the “Rape of Nanjing”.

– Second World War sees Japan occupying several Asian countries. It is defeated when United states of america drops diminutive bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

– US occupation of devastated land; mail-war recovery and political reform. Economy recovers, eventually flourishes.

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A delegation officially presents Japan’s surrender at the cease of the 2d World War

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How Did Japan Become the Most Powerful Nation in Asia