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CONTAINER INFORMATION

Abbreviation

JPN

Website

Japan

Established

8/21/1194

Discontinued

 

Last Modified

3/20/2005


Head of Government

Prime Minister

Parliament

Diet

Head of State

Emperor of Japan

State

Hokkaido

Honshu

Kyushu

Shikoku

Political Organizations

Political Organizations


DESCRIPTION

Japan The Japanese Empire consists of an Asian-Pacific Rim archipelago between the Sea of Japan and the North Pacific Ocean, east of the Korean peninsula. Slightly smaller than the State of California, Japan is divided into smaller states called prefectures. There are 47 prefectures: Aichi, Akita, Aomori, Chiba, Ehime, Fukui, Fukuoka, Fukushima, Gifu, Gumma, Hiroshima, Hokkaido, Hyogo, Ibaraki, Ishikawa, Iwate, Kagawa, Kagoshima, Kanagawa, Kochi, Kumamoto, Kyoto, Mie, Miyagi, Miyazaki, Nagano, Nagasaki, Nara, Niigata, Oita, Okayama, Okinawa, Osaka, Saga, Saitama, Shiga, Shimane, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Tokushima, Tokyo, Tottori, Toyama, Wakayama, Yamagata, Yamaguchi, Yamanashi. Japan was founded circa 660BC by the Emperor Jimmu. The Shogunate was established on August 21, 1194. It maintains a constitutional monarchy to this day with a democratic parliamentary government, seated in the capital of Tokyo. After World War II, under the leadership of Supreme Allied Commander, General Douglas MacArthur, Japan's current system of governance was created. The Heads of State are the Emperor and Empress of Japan. The Head of Government is the Prime Minister, elected from the Kokkai or Diet. The Supreme Court is appointed ceremonially by the Emperor with the advice of the Prime Minister's Cabinet. Note: All prefecture maps used from: http://comet.tamacc.chuo-u.ac.jp/photo/PHOTO


INFO LINKS

Shugiin House of Representatives of Japan

Sangiin House of Councillors of Japan

Prime Minister of Japan

Cabinet Office of Japan

Defense Agency of Japan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

International Cooperation Agency of Japan

Cabinet Legislation Bureau of Japan

Aerospace Exploration Agency of Japan

Statistics Bureau of Japan

Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations

Embassy of Japan in the United States

Embassy of the United States in Japan


BOOKS

Biography

American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

Politics

A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower


DISCUSSION

MAP

 


MEDIA

English Language Newspaper

Japan Times

English Language Newspaper

Japan Today

English Language Newspaper

Japan Update

English Language Newspaper

Kyodo News

English Language Newspaper

Pacific Stars and Stripes

English Language Newspaper

Asahi Shimbun

News Service

Nippon Hoso Kyokai NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation


EVENTS

7/11/2010

General Election

Japan Upper House Election

Posted by Ralphie

12/16/2012

General Election

Japan Lower House Election

Posted by Ralphie

7/21/2013

General Election

Japan Upper House Election

Posted by Ralphie


NEWS

Date

Category

Headline

Contributor

3/31/2014 1:00 pm

Legal Ruling

Top UN court orders Japan to end Antarctic whale hunt

IndyGeorgia

11/27/2013 1:00 pm

News

From Bensonhurst to Japan, a voyage of change and discovery

RBH

12/3/2013 5:30 am

Picture

Diplomat Accused of Embassy Arson Looks Dumb in Body Paint

Homegrown Democrat

4/26/2011 5:35 am

News

Japan's 1st openly gay politician hails poll win

Homegrown Democrat

4/7/2011 10:00 am

News

Tsunami warning after 7.4 magnitude Japan quake

Brandon

4/1/2011 2:00 pm

General

Mother: Fukushima workers expect to die from radiation

Brandon

3/11/2011 2:25 am

News

Magnitude 8.9 earthquake rocks Japan

Andy

8/28/2010 9:00 am

News

New Dissent in Japan Is Loudly Anti-Foreign

Picimpalious

4/30/2010 9:00 pm

News

Japan Forces Bureaucrats to Defend Spending

particleman

3/15/2010 2:00 am

Blog Entry

Standing Up To Proposed Virtual Child Porn Legislation

Homegrown Democrat

9/19/2009 9:35 pm

General

Japan eyes mandatory cap-and-trade in 2011/12

Jason

8/30/2009 9:00 am

News

Japanese election upends long-ruling party

eddy 9_99

4/20/2009 5:55 am

General

Juries return to Japanese courts after 66 years

kal

2/15/2009 11:00 pm

News

Japan Finance Minister Nakagawa Denies Being Drunk at G-7

ChronoT

2/5/2009 10:00 pm

Scandal

Japanese man arrested over 1.4-bn-dlr investment scam

the wanderer

1/11/2009 2:00 pm

General

Nearly 100 Japanese commit suicide each day

kal

1/5/2009 3:00 am

News

Nikkei index hits two-month high

Jason

12/19/2008 11:40 pm

News

Japan forecasts no growth in 2009

Jason

12/13/2008 12:00 am

News

Japan hosts regional discussions

Jason

10/8/2008 12:00 am

News

Nikkei plunges 9.4 pct, biggest 1-day fall since '87

Homegrown Democrat

9/1/2008 9:00 am

News

In Japan, A Strategic Resignation

ArmyDem

4/21/2008 5:00 pm

News

Japan's hunger becomes a dire warning for other nations

kal

2/27/2008 10:00 pm

News

Rice voices deep regret for Okinawa rape case

Gerald Farinas

12/22/2007 9:00 pm

News

UFO debate invades politicians' space

Gerald Farinas

11/28/2007 9:00 am

Event

Japan opposition wins Iraq vote

MD Indy

6/20/2007 12:00 pm

General

Japan changes name of Iwo Jima

Nothing wrong, just gone

7/10/2006 6:00 pm

News

Japan Steps Up Pressure on North Korea

ChronoT

6/25/2006 2:00 pm

News

Japanese troops begin withdrawal from Iraq

Nothing wrong, just gone

12/11/2005 2:15 pm

Commentary

Japan's passive stance over Taiwan long gone

SC Moose

10/28/2005 7:15 pm

Idiocy

Driver swerves to miss cat and hits 36 kids, one adult in Shizuoka

Homegrown Democrat

8/8/2005 10:00 am

News

Japan PM announces snap election

Monsieur

2/8/2005 12:00 am

News

Surge in groping on Tokyo trains

Ben

10/15/2004 12:00 am

News

Japan Ruling Party Executive Slams Kerry on N.Korea

Tony82

5/14/2004 12:00 am

News

Japanese PM Rejects Calls to Step Down [Amid Scandal]

Gerald Farinas

11/9/2003 12:00 am

News

Japan PM Weakened in Election But Vows to Stay On

karin1492

10/9/2003 12:00 am

News

Koizumi Dissolves Japan Parliament House

karin1492

5/2/2003 11:56 pm

Humor

Japan returns to relaxing in the buff

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3/28/2003 4:14 pm

General

Tokyo hints at military shift

User 13


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