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Transcript of Japan
Population of 127,650,000, making it the 10th most populated country in the world.
World's third-largest economy by nominal GPD
84~96% of the population is either Buddhist or Shinto
Divided into 8 regions from north to south:
Freedom of religion
Fewer than 1% is Christian
"Land of the Rising Sun"
Characters mean "Sun-Origin"
Fourth-largest economy by purchasing power parity
Fourth-largest exporter and importer
System of honorifics reflects the hierarchical nature of Japanese society
Writing uses kanji and 2 sets of kana
Required to take courses in both Japanese and English
Japanese women have the second highest life expectancy in the world
Third lowest infant mortality rate
Most popular sport is baseball
Fifth-largest military budget
Foreign Relations &
Member of United Nations since 1956
Russia over the South Kuril Islands
with South Korea over the Liancourt Rocks
with China and Taiwan over the Senkaku Islands
with China over the EEZ around Okinotorishima
known for emphasis on seasonality of food and regional specialties
Generally, gifts will not be opened in your presence. If your host insist that you open the gift do so gingerly
Do not give gifts in odd number or the number four
Give the gift with both hands and accept gifts with hands
Businessmen are call "sarariman."
Business cannot begin until the meishi exchange process is complete
In introductions use the person’s last name plus the word san which means Mr. or Ms.