In Focus: Japan

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Japan gained its name as one of the most prominent countries because of its economic performance. Currently, Japan is the second largest economy in the world. The country is also known as one of the world's leading economies and a major economic power because of its place in international trade.


The country is famous for its mountainous islands and volcanoes. Mount Fuji, Japan's highest peak is also popular due to its perfect cone (Japan 2006).
Japan has an estimated 127.4 population in 2005. In the previous decades there was a population boom due to scientific, industrial, and sociological changes. However, the recent years saw the decline in population growth rate. Currently, it is constantly decreasing at a rate of 0.05% annually. This posts some concerns in the Japanese society as it implies an aging population. The country's major religions are Shinto and Buddhism with Christianity accounting a meager 0.7%. Japan has a high literacy rate of 99% and an equally high life expectancy-77 years for males and 84 years for female (Japan 2006).
Japan is a highly industrialized nation with only 6% of the population engaged in agriculture. This exposes the country to the dilemmas faced by all developed economies which include "overcrowded cities, congested highways, air pollution, and rising juvenile delinquency" (Japan 2006).
The legends of Japan tell a story of Japan's foundation in 600 BC by the Emperor Jimmu who is a direct descendant of the sun goddess and the ancestor of the present ruling imperial family. ...
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