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Outline of Japan

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

Japan – an island nation in East Asia, located in the Pacific Ocean It lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin" because it lies to the east of nearby countries, which is why Japan is sometimes referred to as the "Land of the Rising Sun" Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands The four largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which together comprise about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area

Contents

  • 1 General reference
  • 2 Geography of Japan
    • 21 Environment of Japan
      • 211 Geographic features of Japan
    • 22 Regions of Japan
      • 221 Ecoregions of Japan
      • 222 Administrative divisions of Japan
        • 2221 Prefectures of Japan
        • 2222 Municipalities of Japan
    • 23 Demography of Japan
  • 3 Government and politics of Japan
    • 31 Branches of the government of Japan
      • 311 Executive branch of the government of Japan
      • 312 Legislative branch of the government of Japan
      • 313 Judicial branch of the government of Japan
    • 32 Foreign relations of Japan
      • 321 International organization membership of Japan
    • 33 Law and order of Japan
    • 34 Military of Japan
  • 4 History of Japan
    • 41 History of Japan by period
  • 5 Culture of Japan
    • 51 Architecture of Japan
    • 52 Art of Japan
    • 53 Cuisine of Japan
    • 54 Cultural icons of Japan
    • 55 Fashion in Japan
    • 56 Holidays and festivals of Japan
    • 57 Homes in Japan
    • 58 Language in Japan
    • 59 People of Japan
      • 591 Ethnicity in Japan
      • 592 Stereotypes in Japan
    • 510 Religion in Japan
    • 511 Sports and gaming in Japan
  • 6 Economy and infrastructure of Japan
  • 7 Education in Japan
    • 71 Structure of education in Japan
  • 8 Health in Japan
  • 9 Science and technology of Japan
  • 10 See also
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links
    • 121 Official
    • 122 Media
    • 123 Tourism
    • 124 Other

General referenceedit

  • Pronunciation: /dʒəˈpæn/
    • Japanese: ɲihoɴ or ɲip̚poɴ
  • Common endonyms: 日本 Nippon, Nihon
  • Official endonym: 日本国 Nippon-koku
  • Adjectival: Japanese
  • Etymology: Name of Japan
  • International rankings of Japan
  • ISO country codes: JP, JPN, 392
  • ISO region codes: ISO 3166-2:JP
  • Internet country code top-level domain: jp

Geography of Japanedit

An enlargeable topographic/hydrographic map of Japan

Geography of Japan

  • Japan is: an island country and archipelago of 6,852 islands1
  • Location:
    • Pacific Ocean
    • Northern Hemisphere and Eastern Hemisphere
      • Asia
        • East Asia2
    • Time zone: Japan Standard Time UTC+09
    • Extreme points of Japan
      • High: Mount Fuji 3,776 m 12,388 ft
      • Low: Hachirōgata −4 m −13 ft
    • Land boundaries: none
    • Coastline: 29,751 km
  • Population of Japan: 127,433,494 people - 10th most populous country
  • Area of Japan: 377,873 km2 145,898 sq mi - 62nd largest country
  • Atlas of Japan
  • Addressing system in Japan
  • Historic provinces of Japan
  • Japan Standard Time

Environment of Japanedit

An enlargeable satellite image of Japan

Environment of Japan

  • Climate of Japan
    • Climate change in Japan
  • Environmental issues in Japan
  • Ecoregions in Japan
  • Energy in Japan
  • Geology of Japan
  • National parks of Japan
  • Tsunami
  • Wildlife of Japan
    • Flora of Japan
    • Fauna of Japan
      • Birds of Japan
      • Mammals of Japan

Geographic features of Japanedit

An enlargeable map of the extreme points of Japan An enlargeable map of the World Heritage Sites of Japan
  • Glaciers of Japan
  • Islands of Japan
  • Lakes of Japan
  • Mountains of Japan
    • Volcanoes in Japan
  • Rivers of Japan
    • Waterfalls of Japan
  • Three Views of Japan
  • List of World Heritage Sites in Japan

Regions of Japanedit

Tsunami wall at Tsu, Mie Main articles: Islands of Japan and Regions of Japan

The four main islands of Japan are:

  • Hokkaido
  • Honshu
  • Kyushu
  • Shikoku

Major regions of Japan include:

  • Hokkaido the island of Hokkaido and nearby islands, largest city Sapporo
  • Tōhoku region northern Honshu, largest city Sendai
  • Kantō region eastern Honshu, largest cities Tokyo and Yokohama
    • Nanpō Islands: part of Tokyo Metropolis
  • Chūbu region central Honshu, including Mt Fuji, sometimes divided into:
    • Hokuriku region northwestern Chūbu
    • Kōshin'etsu region northeastern Chūbu, largest city Nagano
    • Tōkai region southern Chūbu, largest city Nagoya, Hamamatsu, and Shizuoka
  • Kansai or Kinki region west-central Honshu, largest cities Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto
  • Chūgoku region western Honshu, largest city Hiroshima, and Okayama
  • Shikoku island, largest city Matsuyama, and Takamatsu
  • Kyushu island, largest city Fukuoka which includes:
    • Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa

Ecoregions of Japanedit

Ecoregions of Japan

Administrative divisions of Japanedit

Prefectures of Japan

  • Administrative division types
    • Regions of Japan unofficial
      • Prefectures of Japan
        • Subprefectures of Japan
          • Districts of Japan
            • Municipalities of Japan
              • Wards of Japan
Prefectures of Japanedit Map of the prefectures of Japan in ISO 3166-2:JP order and the regions of Japan

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

Hokkaido

1 Hokkaido

Tōhoku

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

Kantō

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

Chūbu

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

Kansai

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

Chūgoku

31 Tottori
32 Shimane
33 Okayama
34 Hiroshima
35 Yamaguchi

Shikoku

36 Tokushima
37 Kagawa
38 Ehime
39 Kōchi

Kyushu & 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 Hokkaido not shown on the map, was part of Japan from 1907 until World War II The entire island is now governed by Russia

Municipalities of Japanedit Cities of Japan

Municipalities of Japan

  • Cities of Japan
    • Capital of Japan: Tokyo
    • Cities designated by government ordinance
    • Cities, by population
  • Towns of Japan
  • Villages of Japan

Demography of Japanedit

Demographics of Japan

  • Aging of Japan

Government and politics of Japanedit

Akihito, 125th Emperor of Japan

Politics of Japan

  • Form of government: parliamentary multi-party representative democratic constitutional monarchy
  • Capital of Japan: Tokyo
  • Elections in Japan
  • Imperial House of Japan Imperial family
    • Imperial Guard of Japan
    • Imperial Household Law
    • Imperial Household Agency
  • Civil service of Japan
  • Japanese public corporations
  • Independent administrative institutions of Japan
  • Political parties in Japan
  • Government-business relations in Japan
  • Human rights in Japan
  • Mass media and politics in Japan
  • Monetary and fiscal policy of Japan
  • Political funding in Japan
  • Political extremism in Japan
  • Taxation in Japan
  • Health care system in Japan
  • Social welfare in Japan

Branches of the government of Japanedit

Government of Japan

Executive branch of the government of Japanedit

Present Kantei, office and residence of the Prime Minister
  • Symbol of state: Akihito, Emperor of Japan
    • Emperor has no executive authority, but is treated as a head of state under diplomatic protocol
    • Controversies regarding the role of the Emperor of Japan
    • Emperors of the past
  • Head of state: de facto head of state of Japan is the head of government, the Prime Minister see below
  • Head of government: Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
    • Kantei Office and residence of the Prime Minister
    • Prime Ministers of the past
  • Cabinet of Japan
  • Ministries of Japan
    • National Public Safety Commission
    • Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
    • Ministry of Justice
    • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Ministry of Finance Japan
    • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
    • Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
    • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
    • Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
    • Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
    • Ministry of the Environment
    • Ministry of Defence

Legislative branch of the government of Japanedit

National Diet Building
  • Diet of Japan bicameral legislature of Japan
    • House of Councillors
    • House of Representatives of Japan
  • National Diet Building

Judicial branch of the government of Japanedit

  • Judicial system of Japan
  • Supreme Court of Japan

Foreign relations of Japanedit

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Foreign relations of Japan

  • Diplomatic missions of Japan
  • Foreign aid institutions of Japan
  • Foreign policy of Japan
  • Japan's non-nuclear weapons policy
  • Whaling in Japan

International organization membership of Japanedit

Japan is a member of:3

  • African Development Bank AfDB nonregional member
  • Asian Development Bank ADB
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC
  • Asia-Pacific Telecommunity APT
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN dialogue partner
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum ARF
  • Australia Group
  • Bank for International Settlements BIS
  • Colombo Plan CP
  • Council of Europe CE observer
  • East Asia Summit EAS
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD
  • Energy Charter
  • European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN observer
  • Food and Agriculture Organization FAO
  • Group of Five G5
  • Group of Seven G7
  • Group of Eight G8
  • Group of Ten G10
  • Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors G20
  • Inter-American Development Bank IADB
  • International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA
  • International Bank for Reconstruction and Development IBRD
  • International Chamber of Commerce ICC
  • International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO
  • International Criminal Court ICCt
  • International Criminal Police Organization Interpol
  • International Development Association IDA
  • International Energy Agency IEA
  • International Energy Charter
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRCS
  • International Finance Corporation IFC
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD
  • International Hydrographic Organization IHO
  • International Labour Organization ILO
  • International Maritime Organization IMO
  • International Mobile Satellite Organization IMSO
  • International Monetary Fund IMF
  • International Olympic Committee IOC
  • International Organization for Migration IOM
  • International Organization for Standardization ISO
  • International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement ICRM
  • International Telecommunication Union ITU
  • International Telecommunications Satellite Organization ITSO
  • International Trade Union Confederation ITUC
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union IPU
  • Latin American Integration Association LAIA
  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency MIGA
  • Nuclear Energy Agency NEA
  • Nuclear Suppliers Group NSG
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD
  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE partner
  • Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons OPCW
  • Organization of American States OAS observer
  • Pacific Islands Forum PIF partner
  • Paris Club
  • Permanent Court of Arbitration PCA
  • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation SAARC observer
  • Southeast European Cooperative Initiative SECI observer
  • United Nations UN
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD
  • United Nations Disengagement Observer Force UNDOF
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization UNESCO
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research UNITAR
  • United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East UNRWA
  • Universal Postal Union UPU
  • World Confederation of Labour WCL
  • World Customs Organization WCO
  • World Federation of Trade Unions WFTU
  • World Health Organization WHO
  • World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO
  • World Meteorological Organization WMO
  • World Tourism Organization UNWTO
  • World Trade Organization WTO
  • World Veterans Federation
  • Zangger Committee ZC

Law and order of Japanedit

Motorcycle policeman questioning driver

Law of Japan

  • Attorneys in Japan
  • Capital punishment in Japan
  • Civil Code of Japan
  • Constitution of Japan
  • Criminal justice system of Japan
  • Crime in Japan
    • Cannabis in Japan
  • Juries in Japan
    • Organized crime in Japan
  • Human rights in Japan
    • Freedom of the press in Japan
    • Freedom of religion in Japan
    • LGBT rights in Japan
  • Law enforcement in Japan
  • Penal system of Japan
  • Public order and internal security in Japan

Military of Japanedit

Military of Japan

  • Japan's non-nuclear policy
  • Japan Self-Defense Forces
    • Army of Japan: Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
    • Navy of Japan: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
    • Air force Japan: Japan Air Self-Defense Force
  • Military history of Japan
  • National security of Japan

History of Japanedit

Japanese bushi in armour Main articles: History of Japan, Timeline of Japanese history, and Current events of Japan
  • History of Japan by year
  • History of Tokyo
  • Japanese nationalism
  • Military history of Japan
    • Samurai
    • Shogun
    • Ninja
    • Japanese militarism
    • Pacific Ocean theater of World War II
      • Attack on Pearl Harbor
      • Kamikaze
      • Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
      • Surrender of Japan
      • Aftermath of World War II: Occupation of Japan
    • Naval history

History of Japan by periodedit

  • Paleolithic
  • Jōmon period
  • Yayoi period
  • Kofun period
  • Asuka period
  • Nara period
  • Heian period
  • Kamakura period
    • Mongol invasions of Japan
    • Kenmu Restoration
  • Muromachi period
    • Nanboku-chō period
    • Sengoku period
  • Azuchi–Momoyama period
    • Nanban trade
  • Edo period
    • Bakumatsu
  • Meiji period
    • Meiji Restoration
      • Empire of Japan
  • Taishō period
    • Japanese expansion 1941–42
    • Japan during World War I
  • Shōwa period
    • Japanese militarism
    • Occupation of Japan
    • Post-occupation Japan
  • Heisei period

Culture of Japanedit

Culture of Japan

  • Cultural Properties of Japan
  • Japanese aesthetics
  • Japanese calendar
  • Etiquette in Japan
    • Japanese tea ceremony
  • Funerals in Japan
  • Gambling in Japan
  • Japanese martial arts
  • Media of Japan
  • Japanese museums
    • List of museums in Japan
    • Television in Japan
    • Pornography in Japan
  • Japanese mobile phone culture
  • Japanese philosophy
  • National symbols of Japan
    • Imperial Regalia of Japan
    • Imperial Seal of Japan
    • Flag of Japan
    • Kimigayo National anthem of Japan
  • National Treasures of Japan
  • Public bathing
    • Onsen
    • Sentō
  • Popular culture in Japan
    • Cuteness in Japanese culture
  • Prostitution in Japan
  • Records of Japan
  • Japanese values
  • Westernization
    • Americanization
  • List of World Heritage Sites in Japan

Architecture of Japanedit

Himeji Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site

Architecture of Japan

  • Buddhist temples in Japan
    • Hōryū-ji
    • Tōdai-ji
    • Enryaku-ji
    • Mount Kōya
  • Castles in Japan
    • Himeji Castle
    • Matsumoto Castle
    • Osaka Castle
  • Housing in Japan
  • Shinto shrine
    • Izumo-taisha
    • Usa Shrine

Art of Japanedit

  • Art in Japan
    • Calligraphy Dogū Dōtaku Haniwa Japonisme Kagami Kakemono Kanō school Magatama Manga Origami Imari porcelain Pottery Traditional Pottery Ukiyo-e Yamato-e
  • Cinema of Japan
    • Anime
    • Studio Ghibli
      • Directors - Shōhei Imamura Takeshi Kitano Hirokazu Koreeda Akira Kurosawa Takashi Miike Hayao Miyazaki Kenji Mizoguchi Mikio Naruse Nagisa Oshima Yasujirō Ozu Isao Takahata
      • Films - Godzilla In the Realm of the Senses Kagemusha Rashōmon Ring Seven Samurai
  • Japanese literature
    • Japanese writers
    • Kojiki
    • Nihonshoki
    • Tale of Genji
    • Japanese Literary Genres
      • Monogatari
      • Haiku
      • Waka
  • Music of Japan
    • Koto
    • Shakuhachi
    • Shamisen
    • Taiko
    • Gagaku
    • Enka
    • J-pop
    • Karaoke
  • Theatre in Japan
    • Kabuki
    • Bunraku
    • Noh
    • Kyōgen

Cuisine of Japanedit

Sushi for sale

Japanese cuisine

  • Examples:
    • Bento
    • Daikon
    • Mochi
    • Ramen
    • Sake
    • Sashimi
    • Sushi
    • Tempura
    • Wasabi
  • Japanese dishes
  • Japanese snacks

Cultural icons of Japanedit

A geisha and a maiko dancing See also: Cultural icon
  • Bonsai
  • Japanese dragon
  • Japanese gardens
  • Geisha
  • Karate
    • Black belt
  • Kimono
  • Ninja
  • Rising Sun Flag
  • Sakura
  • Sumo
  • Sushi

Fashion in Japanedit

Two women wearing yukatas
  • Clothing of Japan
    • Geta
    • Hakama
    • Kimono
      • Furisode
      • Yukata
    • Okobo
    • School uniforms in Japan
    • Tabi
    • Waraji
    • Zōri
  • Japanese street fashion

Holidays and festivals of Japanedit

Main articles: Holidays of Japan and Japanese festivals
  • Golden Week
    • Shōwa Day
    • Constitution Memorial Day
    • Greenery Day
    • Kodomo no Hi
  • Hanami
  • Hinamatsuri
  • Momijigari
  • O-Bon
  • Setsubun
  • Tanabata

Homes in Japanedit

Housing in Japan

  • Furnishings
    • Butsudan
    • Byōbu
    • Chabudai
    • Furo
    • Futon
    • Kamidana
    • Kotatsu
    • Ikebana
    • Sudare
    • Tansu
    • Toilets in Japan
    • Zabuton
  • Minka
  • Rooms
    • Japanese kitchen
    • Washitsu
      • Fusuma
      • Shōji
      • Tatami flooring
      • Tokonoma

Language in Japanedit

Languages of Japan

  • Japanese language
    • Historical kana usage
    • Japanese grammar
    • Japanese phonology
    • Romanization of Japanese
  • Japanese dialects
    • Kansai dialect
    • Saga-ben
    • Wasei-eigo Japanese English
  • Ryukyuan languages
    • Amami
    • Kikai
    • Okinawan
    • Kunigami
    • Yoron
    • Miyako
    • Yaeyama
    • Yonaguni
  • Foreign Variations
    • Franponais
    • Engrish
  • Writing systems of Japan
    • Kanji
    • Hiragana
    • Katakana
    • Furigana

People of Japanedit

Main articles: Japanese people and List of Japanese people
  • Japanese celebrities
  • Japanese diaspora
  • Elderly people in Japan
  • Japanese family
  • Homosexuality in Japan
  • Japanese names
  • Women in Japan

Ethnicity in Japanedit

  • Ethnic issues in Japan
  • Ainu people
  • Burakumin
  • Dekasegi
  • Ryukyuan people
  • Yamato people

Stereotypes in Japanedit

  • Geisha
  • Freeter
  • Hikikomori
  • Kogaru
  • Otaku
  • Yakuza
  • Burakumin

Religion in Japanedit

Religion in Japan

  • Buddhism in Japan
    • Nichiren Buddhism
    • Shingon
    • Tendai
    • Pure Land Buddhism
    • Zen
    • Secret
  • Shinto
  • Christianity in Japan
    • Protestantism in Japan
    • Roman Catholicism in Japan
    • Japanese Orthodox Church
  • Judaism in Japan
  • Islam in Japan
    • Ahmadiyya in Japan
  • Neo-Confucianism in Japan
  • Japanese new religions
  • Hinduism in Japan
  • Japanese mythology

Sports and gaming in Japanedit

Sports in Japan

  • Sports
    • Aikido
    • Baseball in Japan
    • Association football in Japan
    • Kendo
    • Professional wrestling in Japan
    • Sumo
  • Traditional Games
    • Go
    • Shogi
    • Mahjong
    • Hanafuda

Economy and infrastructure of Japanedit

Shinkansen

Economy of Japan

  • Economic rank, by nominal GDP 2007: 2nd second
  • Agriculture, forestry, and fishing in Japan
  • Automotive industry in Japan
  • Bank of Japan
  • Buildings and structures in Japan
    • Tallest buildings and structures in Japan
  • Companies of Japan
  • Communications in Japan
    • Internet in Japan
  • Construction industry of Japan
  • Consumer electronics industry of Japan
  • Currency of Japan: Yen
    • ISO 4217: JPY
  • Department stores in Japan
  • Defense industry of Japan
  • Economic history of Japan
  • Economic relations of Japan
  • Energy in Japan
    • Nuclear power in Japan
  • Financial system of Japan
  • Health care in Japan
  • Labor market of Japan
  • Manufacturing industries of Japan
  • Monetary and fiscal policy of Japan
  • Mining in Japan
  • National parks of Japan
  • Private enterprise in Japan
  • Research and development in Japan
  • Standard of living in Japan
  • Trade policy of Japan
  • Trade and services in Japan
  • Tourism in Japan
  • Transport in Japan
    • Airports in Japan
    • Expressways of Japan
    • National highways of Japan
    • Shinkansen
    • Tokyo Metro
    • Rail transport in Japan
  • Water supply and sanitation in Japan

Education in Japanedit

Japanese junior high school students in sailor outfit-style school uniforms Main articles: Education in Japan and History of education in Japan
  • History of education in Japan
  • Japanese history textbook controversies
  • Juku Cram School
  • Language minority students in Japanese classrooms
  • Romanization of Japanese
  • School uniforms in Japan
  • Yutori education

Structure of education in Japanedit

  • Elementary schools in Japan
  • Secondary education in Japan
  • Higher education in Japan

Health in Japanedit

Health in Japan

Science and technology of Japanedit

JAXA Kibo, the largest module for the International Space Station

Science and technology in Japan

  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
  • Research and development in Japan
  • Japanese robotics

See alsoedit

  • Japan portal
  • Asia portal

Japan

  • Tourism in Japan
  • List of international rankings
  • List of Japan-related topics
  • Member state of the Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors
  • Member states of the United Nations
  • Outline of Asia
  • Outline of geography
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