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Japan today


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Japan today

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