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Located in Eastern Asia as an island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, Japan started as a military dictatorship in 1603 enforcing isolation from foreign influence and stablity for a total of 250 years. By 1854, the country opened up its ports, modernized, industrialized, and was soon quite the regional power able to defeat both China and Russia. After World War II, it became an ally to the US and focused again on stengtheing its economic power, symbol of national unity, and culture. Japan remains subject to volcanoes, tsunamis, and typhoons, but also deals with such issues as acidification and depletion of fish and timber due to the country's massive consumption of these resources.


varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north

  • Japanese
Infant Mortality Rate[1]
Per Capita Health Expenditure[2]

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  1. CIA World Factbook
  2. WHO Global Health Atlas

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