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Japan is a sovereign island nation located in East Asia.[1] Japan comprises over 6,000 islands,[2] the largest of which are Honshū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku, together accounting for 97% of its land area. Japan lies in the Pacific Ocean to the east of China, Korea and Russia, stretching of the Sea of Okhotsk in the north and the East China Sea in the south to Taiwan. Japan is a unitary constitutional monarchy with an emperor and an elected parliament (the Diet).

Japan has the world's tenth largest population, with about 128 million people. The Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents. A world leader in technology and machinery, Japan has the world's second largest economy by nominal GDP, is the world's fourth largest exporter and is the sixth largest importer.

The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why Japan is sometimes identified as the "Land of the Rising Sun".

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Japan:

General reference Edit

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Geography of Japan Edit

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Environment of Japan Edit

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Geographic features of Japan Edit

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Regions of Japan Edit

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The four main islands of Japan are:

Major regions of Japan include:

Ecoregions of Japan Edit

Administrative divisions of Japan Edit

Prefectures of JapanEdit
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From north to south (numbering in ISO 3166-2:JP order), the prefectures of Japan and their commonly associated regions are:


1. Hokkaidō


2. Aomori
3. Iwate
4. Miyagi
5. Akita
6. Yamagata
7. Fukushima


8. Ibaraki
9. Tochigi
10. Gunma
11. Saitama
12. Chiba
13. Tokyo
14. Kanagawa


15. Niigata
16. Toyama
17. Ishikawa
18. Fukui
19. Yamanashi
20. Nagano
21. Gifu
22. Shizuoka
23. Aichi


24. Mie
25. Shiga
26. Kyoto
27. Osaka
28. Hyōgo
29. Nara
30. Wakayama


31. Tottori
32. Shimane
33. Okayama
34. Hiroshima
35. Yamaguchi


36. Tokushima
37. Kagawa
38. Ehime
39. Kōchi

Kyūshū & Okinawa

40. Fukuoka
41. Saga
42. Nagasaki
43. Kumamoto
44. Ōita
45. Miyazaki
46. Kagoshima
47. Okinawa

Karafuto, a portion of the island of Sakhalin north of Hokkaidō (not shown on the map), was part of Japan from 1907 until World War II. The entire island is now governed by Russia, but some Japanese people claim Karafuto is still part of Japan.

Municipalities of Japan Edit
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Demography of Japan Edit

Main article: Demographics of Japan

Government and politics of Japan Edit

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Main article: Government of Japan and Politics of Japan

Branches of the government of Japan Edit

Executive branch of the government of Japan Edit


Legislative branch of the government of Japan Edit


Judicial branch of the government of Japan Edit

Foreign relations of Japan Edit

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International organization membership Edit

Japan is a member of: [1]

Law and order in Japan Edit

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Main article: Law of Japan

Military of Japan Edit

Main article: Military of Japan

History of Japan Edit

Main articles: History of Japan, Timeline of Japanese history, and Current events of Japan

By period Edit

Culture of Japan Edit

Main article: Culture of Japan

Architecture of Japan Edit

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Art in JapanEdit

Cuisine of Japan Edit

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Cultural icons of Japan Edit

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Fashion in Japan Edit


Holidays and festivals Edit

Homes in Japan Edit

Main article: Homes in Japan

Language in Japan Edit

People of Japan Edit

Ethnicity in Japan Edit

Stereotypes Edit

Religion in Japan Edit

Sports and games in Japan Edit

Main article: Sports in Japan

Economy of Japan Edit

Main article: Economy of Japan

Education in Japan Edit

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Main article: Education in Japan and History of education in Japan

Structure of education in Japan Edit

Infrastructure of Japan Edit


Science and technology in Japan Edit

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See also Edit

Japan-related articles
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