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Suggestions[edit]

The international popularity of certain Japanese cultural products, like anime, manga and J-horror, and their impact on the world could probably be briefly mentioned in the lead. J-horror is not named at all in the article, despite being an influence for succesful film series including the The Ring films (The Ring and The Ring Two) and The Grudge, as well as for video game series, such as Silent Hill, Fatal Frame and Siren. Maybe this is also a kind of soft power, like the Korean Wave is, that could also possibly be mentioned in the lead and main body. Ideas? Hula Hup (talk) 14:05, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

@Hula Hup: I agree. I say go for it, and we'll see if we can improve it. Keiiri (talk) 04:39, 11 March 2015 (UTC)
No—this is an article about a country with a millenium and a half of recorded history. The international J-pop fad is a recentism, and hardly describes the subject, which is Japan, not J-pop cutlural exports. Notice the lead doesn't mention jūdō, sushi, or ukiyo-e, either, each of which would easily take precedence over anime, manga, and J-horror. Curly Turkey ¡gobble! 05:43, 11 March 2015 (UTC)
Who knows, maybe he saw South Korea's, China's, Germany's, or even the UK's lead, and suggested it. I think he can go for it if he can pull it off. As for the rest of your edit, you kinda messed up the grammar, but I guess that doesn't really matter. Keiiri (talk) 08:05, 11 March 2015 (UTC)
I don't see anything remotely like that in the leads to China, Gemrany, or the UK, and the single sentence in Korea is a recentism that doesn't belong in the lead. Also, when someone makes a typo, the correct thing is to correct it, not take it to the talk page. Curly Turkey ¡gobble! 08:31, 11 March 2015 (UTC)
Well, I guess you can call it a recentism. Like I said, I read it wrong at first. I guess it depends on what you mean by "remotely like that" and exactly what we're comparing it too. In any case, I'm done with this. Keiiri (talk) 08:38, 11 March 2015 (UTC)

Head of state[edit]

An American asking: who is the Head of state: Emperor Akihito, or Prime Minister Shinzō Abe? Mr. Guye (talk) 00:21, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

My understanding is that it's Abe. Akihito is akin to Queen Elizabeth and has not substantive power. EvergreenFir (talk) Please {{re}} 01:05, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
@EvergreenFir: "Head of State" does not equal "substantive power". The second paragraph of Elizabeth II describes her as "Britain's longest-lived head of state".
@Mr. Guye:, your question is answered by clicking the first link you provided in your question and looking at the photo to the right of the first paragraph. (On an unrelated note, wouldn't it have been easier to change "enjoys" to "has" in this article, rather than adding the peacock term template?) AtHomeIn神戸 (talk) 02:28, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
The emperor is head of state, and the prime minister is head of government. Prime ministers, by definition, can never be head of state like a president or a monarch. The head of state of Australia is Queen Elizabeth II, and the head of government is Tony Abbott. --benlisquareTCE 17:50, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

Nippon vs. Nihon[edit]

Nihon is listed first on Wiktionary under 日本, but it's listed second here. Is there a reason for this order? --WikiWinters (talk) 13:47, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

It is following the same order as found in the Japanese article. I don't think there's any other reason. This article and the Wiktionary article don't need to have things in the same order. ···日本穣? · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WP Japan! 01:52, 23 May 2015 (UTC)