Japan or Nihon-koku, literally the "State of Japan") is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why the country is sometimes referred to as the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands, the four largest being Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku. Together, these four islands hold about 97 percent of the country's land area. Japan has the world's tenth-largest population, with more than 126 million people. Honshū's Greater Tokyo Area includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures. It is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with more than 30 million residents.
- The Japanese Flag is a red huge ball in the middle, and all around it is white. This depicts the sun against a white background.
- The Population of Japan is above a staggering 120,000,000, and it keeps on growing.
- The Unit of Currency (Money) is "yen".
- The Nations Capital is Tokyo.
- Japanese is the official language of Japan.
- The main religion of Japan is Shinto.
- The main industries of Japan are automobiles, computers, and other electronic goods.
- Japan is know to have many and many beautiful flowers, such as kudzu.
Business travellers visiting Japan are usually easily forgiven for whatever they do, including dressing down for Cool Biz. When in doubt, they can always say sumimasen (or “excuse me”) at the beginning of the meeting, should they find themselves underdressed for the occasion.
Stanley Tan, Director of Sales and Marketing at Tokyo’s Shangri-La Hotel, quoted on BBC Travel, "Dressing Down In Tokyo", July 20, 2011.