Japan is located in Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula, and occupies an area slightly smaller than the state of California.
Following three decades of unprecedented growth, Japan's economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s, but the country remains a major economic power. In March 2011, Japan's strongest-ever earthquake, and an accompanying tsunami, devastated the northeast part of Honshu island, killing thousands and damaging several nuclear power plants. The catastrophe hobbled the country's economy and its energy infrastructure, and tested its ability to deal with humanitarian disasters.
Japan at a Glance
Airports: Narita Airport
Capital City: Tokyo
Currency: Japanese Yen
Electric Current: V100 50/60 hertz
Internet Domain: .jp
Languages: Japanese, English
Public Holidays: New Year's Day, Coming of Age Day, Foundation Day, Vernal Equinox Day, Shwa Day, Constitution Memorial Day, Greenery Day, Children's Day, Respect-for-the-Aged Day, Autumnal Equinox Day, Health and Sports Day, Culture Day, Labour Thanksgiving Day, The Emperor's Birthday
Telephone Code: +81
Time Zone: GMT + 9 hours
Weather: The climate in Japan varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north
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