The country has the world's third-largest economy by nominal GDP and the world's fourth-largest economy by purchasing power parity.
It is also the world's fourth-largest exporter and fourth-largest importer.
Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian mainland and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and China in the southwest.
The kanji that make up Japan's name mean "sun origin", and it is often called the "Land of the Rising Sun".
Pictured is a photo of Japanese whalers in 2005...A student from Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan, has publicly apologised for a late tackle from behind on a player in an American football game.