Miku Aoyama. Rin Aoki. Rika Fujishita. Marie Shiraishi. Kurumi Kokoro. Sakura Mano. Airi Minami. Yuuka Tachibana. Mana Katase. Shiori Sasaki. Mizuno Yoshie. Nana Aoyama. Yu Sakura.
Rina Ishihara. Chitose Saegusa. Iioka Kanako. Touya Shinri. The Meiji Restoration of stopped some old ways and added many new ones. The Empire of Japan was created, and it became a very powerful nation and tried to invade the countries next to it. It invaded and annexed Ryukyu Kingdom, Taiwanand Korea. InJapan attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaiia water base of the United States, and destroyed or damaged many ships and airplanes.
American and Japanese forces fought each other in the Pacific. Once airbases were established within range of the Japanese mainland, America began to win, and started dropping bombs on Japanese cities. America was able to bomb most of the important cities and quickly brought Japan close to defeat. To make Japan surrender, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and NagasakikillingJapanese citizens. Soon after this the Soviet Union began to fight against Japan, and the Japanese army in Manchuria lost.
Japan surrendered and gave up all the places it took from other countries, accepting the Potsdam Proclamation. The United States occupied Japan from September to April and forced it to write a new constitutionin which it promised to never go to war again.
Japan is a group of islands in the Western Pacificoff the coast of China. The four biggest islands are HonshuHokkaidoShikokuand Kyushuand there are about 6, smaller islands there.
Honshu, which means 'Mainland' in the Japanese languageis the biggest island. Hokkaido is the island north of Honshu. Kyushu is the island west of Honshu. Shikoku is the island to the south-west of Honshu. In the middle of Japan there are mountains. Many of the mountains are extinct volcanoesbut some are still active.
The highest of these mountains is the beautiful, volcano-shaped Mt Fuji 3, metres or 12, feet high. Japan has many earthquakes, in fact there are about of these every year.
It caused great damage to several power plants forcing Japan to shut down all its nuclear plants. There was nuclear core meltdown which caused a serious health risk to nearby villages and cities. Over 10 cities have more than a million people in them.
The biggest city in Japan is Tokyowhich is the capital. The legislature of Japan Peace For Nippon (Japan) called the National Diet. However, in recent decades Japan has been a leading innovator in several fields, including chemical engineeringnanotechnologyand robotics. There are many technological companies in Japan, and these companies make products for export. The robot Asimo was made and introduced in It was manufactured by Honda.
Many things in Japanese culture originated in Chinalike Go and bonsai. Cherry blossom also known as Japanese cherry and Sakura is thought to be the national flower of Japan. Japan's traditional food is seafoodrice, miso soupand vegetables. Noodles and tofu are also common. Sushia Japanese food made of cooked rice with vinegar with other ingredients such as raw fish, is popular around the world.
The religion in Japan is mostly Shinto and Buddhist. Due to the tolerant nature of the two main Japanese religions, and the resulting intermixing of the two, many Japanese identify as both Shinto and Buddhist at the same time. There are small numbers of Christians and Hindusand a few Jews. When it comes to popular cultureJapan is famous for making video games. Many of the biggest companies that make games, like NintendoNamcoand Segaare Japanese. Other well-known parts of Japanese arts are comicscalled mangaand digital animationor anime.
Many people get to know Japanese or how life in Japan is like by reading manga or watching anime on television. The Ryukyuans and the Ainu both have their own separate cultures, languages and religion. In Japan there are seven traditional regions: . Since Japan is an island nation, Japan has several problems over territory because maritime boundaries can be hard to protect.
These days, Japan is competing for at least 4 different territories. It cannot agree with some neighbouring countries on whether the land belongs to Japan or the other country. There are several important international airports in Japan. Narita is the major international airport in the Tokyo area. Haneda Airport is close to central Tokyo and is the largest domestic airport in the country. The Shinkansen is one of the fastest trains in the world and connects cities in Honshu and Kyushu.
Networks of public and private railways are almost all over the country. People mostly travel between cities in buses. Modern Japan is divided into 47 prefectures. Aomori 3.
Iwate 4. Miyagi 5. Akita 6. Yamagata 7. Ibaraki 9. Tochigi Gunma Saitama Sasakawa was an ultra-right-wing activist who acted as a Japanese agent in various questionable activities and business dealings in China during the Japanese ocupation. He was indicted as a Class A war criminal but with the emergence of the Cold War situation, his extreme anti-Communist stance saved him from being brought to trial.
He was the major source of funding for ultra-nationalist groups in Japan and had close links to Japanese organized crime the yakuza as well as with right wing politicians. The ultra-nationalist element in Japan is quite small, but its influence is amplified by a much broader-based patriotic sentiment which supports or Peace For Nippon (Japan) least tolerates these thugs. So far I have seen no evidence to suggest that the role of the Nippon Foundation has changed substantially since Sasakawa's death.
The grants that the Foundation makes are overseen and Peace For Nippon (Japan) by the Japanese Government and constitute an important part of the official Japanese lobbying effort which is aimed at fostering and maintaining a favorable image of Japan - this is known by such euphemisms as "improving mutual understanding".
It has also had considerable success in reducing the range of opinion and advice on which US government policy is based. It is encouraging to see that, partly as a result of the end of the Cold War and partly because the views of Japan propagated by the Japan Lobby are so obviously at odds with reality, more realistic analyses of Japan Peace For Nippon (Japan) now appearing.
For the same reasons, the official Japanese line itself may well change to reflect current realities and growing Japanese self-confidence. For those interested in the sordid history of Ryoichi Sasakawa, there is an excellent article about him in the March issue of Asia, Inc.
In addition, they might want to look at the dossier compiled on Peace For Nippon (Japan) by U. Occupation authorities in Decemberfile no. Army inwhich formed the basis of his arrest as a Class A war criminal, confined in Sugamo Prison until when he was let go, untried, with the onset of the Cold War. Now Sasakawa claims he is campaigning for peace though critics insist that what truly inspires him is his bid for a Nobel prize.
Had he stepped inside China 45 years ago, his fate would have beeen a bullet in the neck. But today, 'Chinese officials roll out the red carpet for him,' beams a Sasakawa associate of 20 years. He has done so for more than three decades. His empire and its philanthropic arm commonly known as the Sasakawa Foudnation rank among the most powerful institutions in Japan InSasakawa took over leadership of an ultranationalist group, the Patriotic People's Mass Party, and its membership grew from 1, to 15, He dressed his followers in sinister black uniforms and built an airport with funds he extorted from an Osaka business group.
The landing strip was home to a fleet of 22 aircraft, one of which Sasakawa piloted to Rome in to meet Benito Mussolini, whose 'Black Shirts' inspired the PPMP attire, allegedly as a private envoy of Tokyo. Sasakawa's infamous recollection of the Italian: 'He was a first-class person, the perfect fascist and dictator. The fastest way to both was to insinuate himself with the increasingly bellicose Japanese government.
He was notorious for his jingoistic speeches and Peace For Nippon (Japan) those suspected of 'thought crimes. When the Pacific war broke out inSasakawa quickly seized upon a lucrative business opportunity: He bought as many mines in Japan as possible and sold the strategic minerals to the military for profit. The scope of his activities soon expanded to include China, and he made frequent jaunts to Shanghai. As the Imperial Army pushed deeper into China, Sasakawa went along for the ride, ransacking gold, diamonds and other valuables along the way.
Bya Sasakawa crony, Kodama Yoshio [a name also associated with sordid things Japanese], had enough plunder, including three large sacks of industrial diamonds from Shanghai and Singapore, to fill two planes to take back to Japan. Sasakawa was never tried and in he was releated. Many suspect he made a deal with the U. Central Intelligence Agency, transforming himself from proto-fascit to vehement anti-Communist.
During the s and s, he spent millions beefing up Japan's anti-Communist movement and hobnobbed with Asian strongmen like South Korea's Syngman Rhee and Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek
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