Japan (Japanese: 日本, Nippon or Nihon, and formally 日本国, Nihonkoku) is an island country in East Asia. It is situated in the northwest Pacific Ocean, and is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, while extending from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, and Taiwan in the south. Japan is a part of the Ring of Fire, and spans an archipelago of 6852 islands covering 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 sq mi); the five main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu (the "mainland"), Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is the nation's capital and largest city, followed by Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Kobe, and Kyoto.

Japan is the eleventh most populous country in the world, as well as one of the most densely populated and urbanized. About three-fourths of the country's terrain is mountainous, concentrating its population of 125.5 million on narrow coastal plains. Japan is divided into 47 administrative prefectures and eight traditional regions. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with more than 37.4 million residents.

Japan has been inhabited since the Upper Paleolithic period (30,000 BC), though the first written mention of the archipelago appears in a Chinese chronicle (the Book of Han) finished in the 2nd century AD. Between the 4th and 9th centuries, the kingdoms of Japan became unified under an emperor and the imperial court based in Heian-kyō. Beginning in the 12th century, political power was held by a series of military dictators (shōgun) and feudal lords (daimyō) and enforced by a class of warrior nobility (samurai). After a century-long period of civil war, the country was reunified in 1603 under the Tokugawa shogunate, which enacted an isolationist foreign policy. In 1854, a United States fleet forced Japan to open trade to the West, which led to the end of the shogunate and the restoration of imperial power in 1868. In the Meiji period, the Empire of Japan adopted a Western-modeled constitution and pursued a program of industrialization and modernization. Amidst a rise in militarism and overseas colonization, Japan invaded China in 1937 and entered World War II as an Axis power in 1941. After suffering defeat in the Pacific War and two atomic bombings, Japan surrendered in 1945 and came under a seven-year Allied occupation, during which it adopted a new constitution and began a military alliance with the United States. Under the 1947 constitution, Japan has maintained a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy with a bicameral legislature, the National Diet.

Japan is a great power and a member of numerous international organizations, including the United Nations (since 1956), OECD, G20 and Group of Seven. Although it has renounced its right to declare war, the country maintains Self-Defense Forces that rank as one of the world's strongest militaries. After World War II, Japan experienced record growth in an economic miracle, becoming the second-largest economy in the world by 1972 but has stagnated since 1995 in what is referred to as the Lost Decades. As of 2021, the country's economy is the third-largest by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest by PPP. Ranked "very high" on the Human Development Index, Japan has one of the world's highest life expectancies, though it is experiencing a decline in population. A global leader in the automotive, robotics and electronics industries, Japan has made significant contributions to science and technology. The culture of Japan is well known around the world, including its art, cuisine, music, and popular culture, which encompasses prominent comic, animation and video game industries.


July 5, 2022

Japan’s Yorushika Reveals Animated Music Video for ‘Bremen’

Their first new song in nine months draws inspiration from a Grimm fairy tale.

July 4, 2022

nanamica Continues 'Heartwarming Life-Techwear' Focus for FW22

Japanese label nanamica has unveiled its full Fall/Winter 2021 collection with a range of elevated fits suitable for any condition or lifestyle.

June 29, 2022

SEKAI NO OWARI’s ‘Habit’ Hits No. 1 on Japan Hot 100

The track is the band’s first No. 1 since 2015.

June 28, 2022

Kep1er Talk Summer Album ‘Doublast,’ K-Pop Girl Group Friendships & Dreams of ‘Artistic Growth’

The nontet made up of members from Korea, Japan and China sent their debut single to the Billboard charts earlier this year.

June 28, 2022

Japanese Breakfast and Goose Island Announce Limited-Edition Beer for Pitchfork Music Festival 2022

Proceeds from the Be Sweet Lager will benefit Heart of Dinner, which combats food insecurity within New York City’s elderly Asian American community

June 28, 2022

Moon Prism Power Turn Up: Meet the IRL Japanese Girl Group Based Off ‘Sailor Moon’

SG5 is a new J-pop group with five members inspired by characters from the popular anime series

June 28, 2022

ENHYPEN reportedly set to tour the US and Japan later this year

Their third mini-album ‘Manifesto: Day 1’ comes out next week The post ENHYPEN reportedly set to tour the US and Japan later this year appeared first on NME.

June 27, 2022

Japan’s Gen Hoshino Drops ‘Kigeki’ Remix Feat. DJ Jazzy Jeff & Kaidi Tatham: Listen

The original version of the SPY×FAMILY ending theme has been hitting viral charts around the world.

June 24, 2022

Masked Japanese Duo AmPm Reflects on 5-Year Anniversary & Talks Future Plans

Billboard Japan spoke to the duo about their newly announced project, their journey over the five years since their debut, and their plans for the future.

June 24, 2022

Man Loses Flash Drive With Info on Japanese City’s 460,000 Residents While Out for Drinks After Work

The Japanese city of Amagasaki is no longer in possession of a USB flash drive containing personal information on all of its 460,000 residents.

June 23, 2022

Carhartt WIP Reunites With Helinox For Camo-Covered Camping Capsule

Carhartt WIP has once again partnered with Japanese camping expert Helinox to deliver a three-piece capsule readied in the former’s sandy Camo Tide print.

June 23, 2022

Download Festival Japan 2022 reveals final line-up with Soulfly and Code Orange

Japanese rockers BAND-MAID are set to open the festival The post Download Festival Japan 2022 reveals final line-up with Soulfly and Code Orange appeared first on NME.

June 23, 2022

Billie Eilish announces Asian tour dates for August 2022

Playing shows in six countries across the Philippines, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Japan The post Billie Eilish announces Asian tour dates for August 2022 appeared first on NME.

June 22, 2022

BTS’ ‘Yet to Come’ Hits No. 1 on Japan Hot 100

The 'Proof' track debuted on the tally last week at No. 5.

June 20, 2022

Everything You Need to Know About ‘THE FIRST TAKE,’ Featuring Harry Styles, Stray Kids, YOASOBI & More

THE FIRST TAKE channel has over 6.3 million subscribers and has become one of Japan's most influential music media outlets.

June 20, 2022

ONE N’ ONLY Talk Latest Single ‘Lucky’ & Shares Some Lucky Moments in Daily Life

Billboard Japan caught up with rising group ONE N' ONLY to chat about their latest release.

June 20, 2022

Japan’s 4s4ki Talks Hyperpop & Connecting With Fellow Artists Though a Shared Sensibility

4s4ki talks with Billboard Japan about everything from her roots and the unique sensibilities she owes to them to her visions for the future.

June 20, 2022

Jack Antonoff hosts ’80s SuperJam at Bonnaroo with Carly Rae Jepsen, Japanese Breakfast and more

A host of artists joined the Bleachers man on stage to perform a host of classics released in his birth year of 1984 The post Jack Antonoff hosts ’80s SuperJam at Bonnaroo with Carly Rae Jepsen, Japanese Breakfast and more appeared first on NME.

June 16, 2022

Bonnaroo 2022 Hulu Livestream Schedule & Details Announced

Performers at the Tennessee festival include Stevie Nicks, J. Cole, Tool, the Weather Station, Japanese Breakfast, and Indigo De Souza

June 15, 2022

SixTONES’ ‘Watashi’ Bows at No. 1, BTS’ ‘Yet to Come’ at No. 5 on Japan Hot 100

END OF THE WORLD racks up 2 million more weekly video views to rise 4-2 on the tally.

June 15, 2022

Watch Harry Styles’ stripped-back, single-take performance of ‘Boyfriends’

Styles is the first Western artist to perform on Japanese YouTube series 'The First Take' The post Watch Harry Styles’ stripped-back, single-take performance of ‘Boyfriends’ appeared first on NME.

June 14, 2022

Laughing Hick Headlines June Edition of Billboard Japan & TikTok’s ‘Next Fire’

Singer-songwriter Kanae Asaba opened the show after winning an audition.

June 13, 2022

Landscape and Voice

On a visceral new album, the Japanese sound artist blends field recordings with glitches and loops to conjure the push-pull flow of a world in flux.

June 10, 2022

Burberry Joins Forces with Pop Trading Company for Luxury SS22 Capsule

Described as “a celebration of a shared connection to community and the outdoors,” the collection takes inspiration from the Japanese skating scene.

June 9, 2022

Aimer, SixTONES & YOASOBI Lead Billboard Japan Mid-Year Charts

On the just-unveiled lists, Aimer’s “Zankyosanka” is the No. 1 song on the Japan Hot 100.

June 9, 2022

Hinatazaka46 Hits No. 1, Official HIGE DANdism Returns to No. 2 on Japan Hot 100

YOASOBI returns to the top 10 with its collaborative single “Sukida.”

June 8, 2022

Hear ENHYPEN’s charming cover of Queen’s ‘A Kind Of Magic’

As part of Coca-Cola Japan’s 2022 Coke Studio summer campaign The post Hear ENHYPEN’s charming cover of Queen’s ‘A Kind Of Magic’ appeared first on NME.

June 6, 2022

Watch Japanese Breakfast join Anamanaguchi to cover ‘Scott Pilgrim’ track ‘Black Sheep’

The original version of the Metric-penned song was performed by Brie Larson in the 2010 film The post Watch Japanese Breakfast join Anamanaguchi to cover ‘Scott Pilgrim’ track ‘Black Sheep’ appeared first on NME.

June 3, 2022

Red Hot Chili Peppers Drop Groove-Laden Japan-Only Track ‘Nerve Flip’

California band will soon tour U.S. in support of their latest LP


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