Japan is an island country separated from the east coast of Asia by the Sea of Japan. It is approximately the size of Montana, making travel in Japan an easy feat. Japan’s four main islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku. Most of the islands are mountainous, many volcanic; for example, Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji, is a volcano. Japan has the world’s tenth largest population, with about 128 million people. The Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents.
Much of Japan’s history has contributed to its homogeneous society. The Japanese highly value group identity and social harmony, even above individual expression. Confucian and Buddhist influences also contribute to this cultural trend. The people are also said to be remarkably conscientious, meticulous, industrious, honest and technically-skilled. Since WWII, the population has become increasinlgy urban, with only 25% of the population still living in the rural mountains and rugged coastlines.
While modern Japan has been heavily influenced by other countries, many traditional elements of the culture can still be experienced in Japan. While you study abroad in Japan, you’ll enjoy the exciting blend of ancient culture and modern society. AsiaLearn offers Japan study abroad programs for both the semester and summer terms.
Why Study Abroad in Japan?
Modern Japanese culture and society consist of a diverse mix of the old and new, the East and West, and the natural and artificial making study in Japan a fascinating and unique experience.
A summer or semester in Japan will allow you to explore the natural wonders
spread throughout the country and include coral reefs, snow-capped peaks, and forested hills.
Japan’s high standards of education is reflected in its prominent research and state-of-the-art facilities.
When you study abroad in Japan, you can enjoy historical temples, shrines, and museums along with cultural tea ceremonies
, dance performances, and festivals.
Quick Facts about Japan:
Japan population: 127 million
Currency: The unit of currency in Japan is the Japanese yen (¥). USD $1 is roughly equivalent to ¥108.
Distance to Tokyo: New York to Tokyo: 6760 miles (10,879 km); Los Angeles to Tokyo: 5478 miles (8816 km)
Economic profile: A major economic power, Japan has the world's second largest economy by nominal GDP. It is a member of the United Nations, G8, G4 and APEC, with the world's fifth largest defense budget. It is also the world's fourth largest exporter and sixth largest importer and a world leader in technology and machinery.
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