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  • 'Bloodborne' Tokyo Game Show Trailer Shows Multiplayer In Action
    The new 'Bloodborne' trailer from TGS shows off multiplayer for the first time.
    By Erik Kain.  Forbes.  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:33:00 GMT.
  • Japan’s Premier Seeks Summit Meeting With South Korean President
    In a conciliatory gesture after years of tensions, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan sent a letter to President Park Geun-hye of South Korea proposing the meeting.
    By Choe Sang-hun.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:39:04 GMT.
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  • Sony SmartEyeglass Coming in March, SDK Out Now
    Sony's Google Glass competitor is one step closer to the spotlight. The Japanese hardware maker has released a software development kit for its SmartEyeglass headset today (Sept. ...
    Yahoo.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:22:19 -0400.
  • Hotel Prices May be on the Rise, but Affordable Luxury Can be Had
    DALLAS, Sept. 19, 2014 -- U.S. travelers paid the most for five-star hotels in Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Boston in the first half of 2014, according to the most recent® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®). ...
    PR Newswire.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:45:00 EDT.
  • Japan to restart whaling programme
    Japan vows to restart its Antarctic whaling programme next year despite an International Whaling Commission vote that the hunt is illegal.
    BBC News.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:22:10 GMT.
  • Whaling Summit Votes To Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt
    The International Whaling Commission, meeting in Slovenia, has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:14:00 -0400.
  • 7 Japanese supplier execs indicted in price-fixing scheme
    A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted seven executives from Japanese auto suppliers Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Automotive Systems for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to fix auto parts prices, the Justice Department said today.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:09:57 EST.  Subscription required.
  • Virtual boyfriends (cat ears optional) at Tokyo Game Show
    Are you disappointed by the man in your life? Tired of his stubbly chin and the way he lies around the house? Or would you just like a boyfriend with cat's ears?
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:51:00 +0200.
  • Spy claims over absent China envoy
    A Chinese newspaper calls for clarification about China's envoy to Iceland, who has gone missing amid rumours he was a Japanese spy.
    BBC News.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:33:08 GMT.
  • World Briefing: Slovenia: Japan Seeks to Resume Whale Hunting
    Japan sought international backing on Wednesday for its plan to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling against it by the top United Nations court.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:06:29 GMT.
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Facts About Japan

Japan, an island state off the east coast of Asia, is governed as a constitutional monarchy.  Its capital city is Tokyo; its second largest city is Osaka.  Japan's national currency is the Yen.  In 2007, Japan's estimated population was 127,433,000, and Japanese is the primary language spoken in Japan.

For more news and information about Japan, visit this official Japanese government website.  For detailed maps of Japan, visit this Japan map website.

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