Outline of Japan

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An enlargeable map of Japan

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.

General reference[edit]

Tokyo

Geography of Japan[edit]

An enlargeable topographic/hydrographic map of Japan
Main article: Geography of Japan

Environment of Japan[edit]

An enlargeable satellite image of Japan
Main article: Environment of Japan

Geographic features of Japan[edit]

An enlargeable map of the extreme points of Japan
An enlargeable map of the World Heritage Sites of Japan

Regions of Japan[edit]

Tsunami wall at Tsu, Mie

The four main islands of Japan are:

Major regions of Japan include:

Ecoregions of Japan[edit]

Main article: Ecoregions of Japan

Administrative divisions of Japan[edit]

Main article: Prefectures of Japan
Prefectures of Japan[edit]
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 Japan[edit]
Cities of Japan

Demography of Japan[edit]

Main article: Demographics of Japan

Government and politics of Japan[edit]

Main article: Government of Japan and Politics of Japan

Branches of the government of Japan[edit]

Main article: Government of Japan


Executive branch of the government of Japan[edit]

Present Kantei, office and residence of the Prime Minister.

Legislative branch of the government of Japan[edit]

Judicial branch of the government of Japan[edit]

Foreign relations of Japan[edit]

Dish of whale meat

International organization membership of Japan[edit]

Japan is a member of:[3]

Law and order of Japan[edit]

Motorcycle policeman questioning driver
Main article: Law of Japan

Military of Japan[edit]

Main article: Military of Japan

History of Japan[edit]

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

History of Japan by period[edit]

Culture of Japan[edit]

Main article: Culture of Japan

Architecture of Japan[edit]

Himeji Castle (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Main article: Architecture of Japan

Art of Japan[edit]

Cuisine of Japan[edit]

Sushi for sale
Main article: Japanese cuisine

Cultural icons of Japan[edit]

A geisha and a maiko dancing
See also: Cultural icon

Fashion in Japan[edit]

Two women wearing yukatas

Holidays and festivals of Japan[edit]

Homes in Japan[edit]

Main article: Housing in Japan

Language in Japan[edit]

Main article: Languages of Japan

People of Japan[edit]

Ethnicity in Japan[edit]

Stereotypes in Japan[edit]

Religion in Japan[edit]

Main article: Religion in Japan

Sports and gaming in Japan[edit]

Main article: Sports in Japan

Economy and infrastructure of Japan[edit]

Main article: Economy of Japan

Education in Japan[edit]

Japanese junior high school students in sailor outfit-style school uniforms
Main article: Education in Japan and History of education in Japan

Structure of education in Japan[edit]

Health in Japan[edit]

Main article: Health in Japan

Science and technology of Japan[edit]

JAXA Kibo, the largest module for the International Space Station

See also[edit]

Main article: Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures of Japan 2007 01: Land". Foreign Press Center Japan. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  2. ^ "Standard Country and Area Codes Classifications". United Nations Statistics Division. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Japan". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. July 14, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Atlas of Japan

Official[edit]

Media[edit]

Tourism[edit]

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