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Osaka – Japan

Osaka, which is usually pronounced just “Osaka,” is a designated city in Japan’s Kansai prefecture on the island of Honshu. The third most populous city in Japan, after Special wards of Tokyo and Yokohama, it serves as the capital and largest city of Osaka Prefecture. It is also the largest part of the Keihanshin Metropolitan …

Kawasaki – Kanagawa

One of the major cities in the Greater Tokyo Area and the Keihin Industrial Area is Kawasaki (Kawasaki-shi), which is located in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan. After Yokohama, it is the second most populous city in Kanagawa Prefecture and the eighth most populous city in all of Japan (including the Tokyo Metropolitan Area). With …

Okinawa Island

The largest of Japan’s Ryukyu (Nansei) Islands, Okinawa Island is located in the Kyushu area. Of Japan’s five main islands, this one is the smallest and least populous. The island has a total size of 1,206.98 square kilometers, is around 106 kilometers (66 mi) long, and is typically 11 kilometers (7 mi) wide (466.02 sq …

Japanese rail travel

In Japan, rail travel is a significant mode of passenger transportation, particularly for high-speed, mass transit between large cities and for commuter transportation in urban regions. Just 0.84% of the movement of goods use it for freight transportation, which is a very small percentage. The privatized network runs extremely punctually, efficiently, and with minimal support. …

Bannermen (Hatamoto)

The bannermen (hatamoto) and the gokenin made formed the Tokugawa shogun’s retainer band (also known as liege vassals), which comprised two sections totaling roughly 22,000 men (house men). In 1700, the territories officially awarded to the two types of liege vassals totaled 2,606,545 koku, as opposed to the 4,213,171 koku immediately owned by the shogunate. …

Arai Hakuseki (1657-1725)

Arai Hakuseki, a Confucian scholar and official, advised the shoguns Tokugawa Ienobu and Ietsugu in the early eighteenth century and contributed to influencing economic and diplomatic policies. When Ietsugu passed away, Hakuseki resigned from his position as secretary of state and started a career as a prolific writer of Japanese history, political philosophy, military arts, …

Waves of Colors In Japan

Imagine being able to see a live satellite feed of photographs of Earth on any given day, and being able to zoom in and see how the seasons are changing in real time. Japan would be a fantastic country to visit if you had that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Seasonal changes wash back and forth, up and …

Relations between Russia and Japan in terms of foreign policy

The sovereignty issue over the Kuril Islands, which has been unresolved for 66 years (as of 2012) since World War II’s end, has impeded Russia’s foreign policy. Because of their abundance of natural resources and strategic location, the islands are vital both economically and militarily. The Russo-Japanese War began on February 10, 1904, as a …

The Best Record Stores in Japan,Tokyo

Vinyl-focused record shops, which used to cater mostly to the city’s DJ population, have seen a resurgence in Tokyo over the last decade, attracting large crowds of quality-conscious music fans who still prefer real albums to digital downloads. While areas like Shibuya and Shimokitazawa are particularly fertile ground for vinyl collectors wishing to embark on …

Relations between Japan and the European Union

  The European Union (EU) and Japan have had diplomatic relations since 1959. They have a good trading relationship, especially when it comes to investment flows. Taro Kono, the Japanese Defense Minister, and Josep Borrell, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will attend the 2020 MSC. The European Union–Japan Economic …