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    • Japan “ Land of the Rising Sun”
    • Japan
    • Population
      • 127 million people
      • High population density
      • 65% live in cities like Tokyo and Osaka
      • most live on island of Honshu
      • 90% of population is Japanese
      • Non-Japanese must register and carry identification
    • Language
      • Japanese books are read from “back” to “front”
      • use several types of alphabets:
        • Kanji
        • Hiragana
        • Katakana
      • English is taught in schools and often used in business
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    • Religion
      • 80% practice combination of Shinto and Confucianism
      • Less than 1% of population is Christian
    • Government
      • Constitutional monarchy
      • Japan’s emperor has no real power
      • Prime Minister governs the nation
      • Diet (legislature) makes the laws
      • certain political families have held a seat in the Diet for several generations
    • Economy
      • imports about half of its food
      • rice is most important crop
      • most people work in manufacturing
      • work hard and are loyal to their companies
      • because of tariffs, Japan has a huge trade surplus
      • U.S. is most important trading partner
    • Economy
    • Schools
      • education in Japan is extremely important
      • study more and spend more time in school
      • many attend juku
      • schools are more formal
      • great respect for teachers
      • help with chores or serving others
      • wear uniforms
    • Culture: Food
    • Culture: Games & Sports
    • Culture: Holidays
    • Other Customs & Traditions
    • Tokyo
    • Issues & Challenges
      • must import much of its food and natural resources
      • natural disasters
      • overcrowding
      • pollution
      • economic competition