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orphaned articles that may be linked through japan main page

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Photos regarding WW2[edit]

Why the only photo about WW2 is the atomic explosion, and not the victims of japan, japanese imperialism or massacres they did? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:02, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

Perhaps because the article is about Japan, and not those other things? There are articles about them which have photos. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WP Japan! 06:06, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

-This is part of the History of Japan and should be in the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:29, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

This is a general article about Japan - there are many, many things that are part of its history, culture, etc, but we can't possibly include pictures for all of them here. Nikkimaria (talk) 13:40, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

- But there is a picture of the atomic bomb. So if there's a picture about the History of Japan on this very issue ALREADY, why is it the atomic explosion and not Japan's war crimes all across Asia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:19, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

The photo of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki represents one of the most important and most infamous moments in Japanese and world history. Therefore, it has been deemed suitable for a brief paragraph of Japanese history on the main Japan article. Please understand that this is a general article on Japan and includes a very small sampling of all the topics that can be discussed with regard to Japan. However, feel free to add photos and other content in the relevant articles you are interested in on this wiki. User:WoodElf 11:00, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

For example - and and and to mention a few. I don't have any wiki account or the knowladge of addinbg photos but I would love if someone do that. This is very important part of History, and expose the full picture that led the atomic bomb. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:58, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Sorry, but due to copyright and licensing issues, we do not add photos from Google searches. We've already explained why we aren't going to do what you suggest. There's no valid reason to do so. There are scores of Japan-related articles linked to from this article which contain a lot of different photos and other images discussing the topics of those articles in more detail. We can't possibly include all of them here. This is a summary article, and will therefore have only a small fraction of all the possible information on Japan in it. Please stop beating a dead horse. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WP Japan! 14:14, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
Wait a second here User:WoodElf no one made you judge and jury on which images can and can't be on this article. In fact, it looks like you were the one who removed the image of the Japanese surrender which ended WWII and added (without making any mention in your edit summary) the image of the mushroom cloud. An image which portrays the Japanese as victims of American bombing and not the victims of a totalitarian military regime which led to the deaths of tens of millions of people across Asia and the Pacific is not neutral and not a good choice for this summary "history" section of the Japan article. Next time you would like to change the images on this page please first discuss them on the talk page, get consensus and then state your changes in your edit summary.Monopoly31121993 (talk) 12:00, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
I admit I am not the sole contributor to this page. In my humble opinion, the photo of the atomic bombing is more notable (and also makes the article more interesting) than the photo of the Japanese surrender. If you see my original edit, I also reduced the number of photos as they were cluttering up the article and creating white spaces. At the same time, it bears repeating that this is an article on Japan. Japanese war-time atrocities may be noteworthy for those specific countries and territories that were affected, but ultimately less notable in the history of Japan itself. If I may draw an imperfect parallel, the article on the UK does not mention Malaysia or the Malay peninsula at all, but the article of Malaysia gives prominence to the role of the UK in the colonization and development of the country. Similarly, Japanese atrocities certainly have their place, but they can hardly be considered more than a footnote in this article. Personally, I am worried that this obsession to remove any mention of Japanese casualties during WWII, as well as the tone of your comments, may reflect a bigoted "they got what they deserved" mentality that may not be neutral w.r.t. this topic.User:WoodElf 17:10, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
No, you are not the sole editor but you are the editor who removed the image of the surrender (without mentioning this in your edit summary) and then added the image of the atomic bomb. I'm sure you are aware that the atomic bombings are a controversial topic and since wikipedia should be neutral an image of the conclusion of the war is far more appropriate. A photo of the surrender and conclusion of the war very accurately reflects the content of the section that is all about the war (and not just the two bombings). Wikipedia does have guidelines for when you use images and you were right to remove an image from the section since more than 2 is generally considered too many. What you went too far with was when you removed the existing images and inserted a controversial one without discussing it. The fact that a user has decided to bring this up on the talk page indicated that the change was something significant and should at the very least be discussed on the talk page first. I am reverting the page back to it's previous form and keeping the additional text edits of mine which you also reverted although they are not related to the image discussion.Monopoly31121993 (talk) 18:16, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
I would argue that the atomic bombing image is more appropriate as that is what most people in the English-speaking world will think of when they think of Japan and WWII. Yes, atomic bombings are controversial (there have only ever been two, and hopefully it will stay that way), but Wikipedia is not shy about presenting controversial information. Controversy != not neutral. Please heed your own warning and stop reverting things without discussing it and coming to a consensus first. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WP Japan! 22:47, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
Monopoly, can you please clarify what exactly is "controversial" about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Or if their "controversial" nature precludes the inclusion of the photo under discussion in this article? I have noted your point, but honestly the argument does not hold much water. It is inaccurate to say that the photo is controversial or misrepresents history. Please note my earlier comments as to reasons to include it. I also asked that the article not be edited until this discussion is resolved, however you've ignored that and tried to enforce your version multiple times. Please do not instigate an edit war.User:WoodElf 12:46, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
Representing Japan's involvement in World War II with an image of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki is revisionist history that attempts to portray Japan as the victim of the cruel Allies who would bomb cities and kill innocent civilians in order to force the government's surrender. I'm sure that as members of the Japan Group you are aware of revisionist attempts to white-wash Japan's involvement in WWII and to quote the page "Reflecting Japanese tendency towards self-favoring historical revisionism, historian Stephen E. Ambrose noted that "The Japanese presentation of the war to its children runs something like this: 'One day, for no reason we ever understood, the Americans started dropping atomic bombs on us.'" There are many other images that could represent Japan during the 8-14 years of World War II. The article rightly mentions the "Nanking Massacre", (far more commonly known as the "rape of Nanking" in the English speaking world) and editors would be just as right to include an image of that since it is equally described in the text and more aptly describes a longer term phenomena during the the War than the relatively brief Allied bombing (much less the two atomic bombings) of the Japanese home islands. The reason for not including either of these images is that both are included on Wikipedia's list of controversial topics and the signing of Japan's surrender is not. As I mentioned before, you were right to delete the third image image but to delete the non-controversial images and add a controversial one was not correct and that is why I reverted it. It's clear that you did this in a good faith effort to improve the page and, in part, you did improve it by removing the extra image. Still, adding the controversial image and doing so without discussion or even an edit summary has resulted in the creation of this discussion on the talk page and that is why it has been reverted to the status quo ante.Monopoly31121993 (talk) 06:56, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
@Monopoly31121993: Wow. You sure live in a bubble. Using that picture does nothing of the sort (except perhaps in your mind). The vast majority of English-speaking people will think either of Pearl Harbor (which wasn't in Japan), or the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki when you ask them about WWII and Japan. Since this article is about Japan, it makes sense to include a picture of the one incident that is foremost in most peoples' minds that actually happened in Japan. I know absolutely no one (including those many people I know in Japan) who think Japan was a poor, innocent victim in WWII. The articles about Nanking and other atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers during the war can rightly go in those articles. The way you are acting here smacks of ownership, not trying to maintain the status quo. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WP Japan! 16:23, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
"You sure live in a bubble."- Could you be any more rude or condescending to another editor? It doesn't matter whether or not you know people in Japan who feel a certain way about WWII. Wikipedia does not work the same as a personal blog. That won't work. Yes, the pages about atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers do have pictures of controversial topics but that's because that's exactly what those articles are about. You won't find images of WWII war victims (much less famine, murder and rape victims) on the pages for China, Korea, Vietnam and that's the point I've been making.Monopoly31121993 (talk) 20:12, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Capital of Japan[edit]

According to Constitution of Japan, she does not have a capital. Tokyo is only the largest city where the Palace is and where the Central Government is. Therefore, it should be written: None (de jure) Tokyo (de facto) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:12, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

The name Wa[edit]

I think there is an issue with the wording here. Wa is not a native name for Japan, it was a designation by the Chinese, and Japan considered its use pejorative. Using this here without explanation is wrong, and can be considered a POV. Articles should be careful when words that are possibly pejorative are used. Note that modern Chinese use of the word is meant to be intentionally pejorative. That there is further explanation in other pages is neither here nor there, since the casual reader would not necessarily click on the other page, and may get the impression that it is a native name, and that would be entirely wrong. Hzh (talk) 12:53, 17 September 2016 (UTC)

I agree wholeheartedly with your argument; however I was worried about the length of an already lengthy article. In fact, I'd love to know if you're open to making this para even shorter. Please take a look at my proposal below and let me know your thoughts:
The Japanese word for Japan is 日本, which is pronounced Nippon or Nihon. The English word "Japan" possibly derives from the historical Chinese pronunciation of 日本. The Old Mandarin or possibly early Wu Chinese pronunciation of Japan was recorded by Marco Polo as Cipangu. In modern Shanghainese, a Wu dialect, the pronunciation of characters 日本 Japan is Zeppen [zəʔpən]. The old Malay word for Japan, Jepang, was borrowed from a southern coastal Chinese dialect, probably Fukienese or Ningpo, and this Malay word was encountered by Portuguese traders in Malacca in the 16th century. Portuguese traders brought the word to Europe. An early record of the word in English is in a 1565 letter, spelled Giapan.
From the Meiji Restoration until the end of World War II, Japan was formally named Dai Nippon Teikoku (大日本帝國), meaning "the Empire of Great Japan". Today the name Nippon-koku / Nihon-koku (日本国) is used as a formal modern-day equivalent simply meaning "the State of Japan"; countries like Japan whose long form does not contain a descriptive designation are generally given a name appended by the character koku (国), meaning "country", "nation" or "state".
The character nichi (日) means "sun" or "day"; hon (本) means "base" or "origin". The compound means "origin of the sun" or "sunrise", acknowledging Japan's eastward position in relation to the Asian mainland, and is the source of the popular Western epithet "Land of the Rising Sun".

--User:WoodElf 13:18, 17 September 2016 (UTC)

That sounds better I think - the original first sentence repeated what's said in the last paragraph, putting them together makes it read better. It is also better to start with its Japanese name. One thing is that it doesn't tell us how, why or when "Giapan" became "Japan", therefore a sentence or two on the attested use of "Japan" or how it came to be the official designation of the country in English would be useful. I think it is of reasonably length, and compares favorably to other articles such as England and United States length-wise. I notice that you removed the Wa reference, I should say that I don't object to its inclusion (or indeed exclusion) as such, but rather if it is to be included it should be clearly explained because of its pejorative use, particularly in current Chinese usage. Hzh (talk) 14:32, 17 September 2016 (UTC)

Government section should include dominant-party[edit]

Government section should be Unitary dominant-party parliamentary constitutional monarchy. For more information: Also, see Syria's government section:

Majorb123 (talk) 19:49, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. EvergreenFir (talk) 22:23, 2 October 2016 (UTC)
The definition of a dominant party state is a country where the leading party's defeat is unlikely in the future.
Japan's leading party 'Liberal Democratic Party' has been in power since 1955 with the exception of a few instances.
Sources: (Even mentions Japan as a dominant-party state)
Now you might be wondering why should we bother adding that to the government section. Because the line is found in articles of other nations that also has a dominant party. (See Syria).
Majorb123 (talk) 17:38, 4 October 2016 (UTC)
Dominant-party system lists Japan in the "Former dominant parties" section. Even assuming that the source provided in the lead of the article mentions Japan, it was written in 2006. In recent years the LDP has needed the help of Komeito, so they are not as dominant as they once were. So without a more recent reliable source supporting the claim it will not be added here. AtHomeIn神戸 (talk) 03:04, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

G8 should be changed to G7 in some cases in this article[edit]

Japan is a member of the *G8*, APEC, and "ASEAN Plus Three", and is a participant in the East Asia Summit New and used cars are inexpensive; car ownership fees and fuel levies are used to promote energy efficiency. However, at just 50 percent of all distance traveled, car usage is the lowest of all *G8* countries. — Preceding unsigned comment added by YuriNating (talkcontribs) 08:08, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

...And why should G8 be changed to G7? Your reasoning does not follow your claim. Ian.thomson (talk) 09:04, 13 October 2016 (UTC)