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  • Grilled: Lexus seeks design edge over premium rivals
    Big may be beautiful, but Toyota Motor Corp's global design chief is betting that edgy is the way to go for the Japanese automaker's premium Lexus brand, specifically its signature 'spindle grille' design. ...
    Yahoo.  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:20:04 GMT.
  • Seller in Canceled Internment-Camp Auction Comes Forward
    After an auction of artifacts from Japanese-American internment camps was called off, the seller stepped forward to explain his reasoning.
    Randy Kennedy, Eve M. Kahn and Patricia Leigh Brown.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:08:20 GMT.
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  • World Briefing | Asia: Japan: TV Executives Are Questioned
    Japan’s ruling party summoned executives from two leading television networks for questioning on Friday.
    The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 01:02:21 GMT.
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  • Japanese WWII surrender video debuted at China museum
    A museum in central China's Hunan Province reopened after renovation on Saturday and debuted video footage documenting Japan's surrender in the province.
    Xinhua.  2015-04-18.
  • South Korea steps up price-fixing crackdown on auto suppliers
    South Korea, supporting a global police action against auto-parts price fixing, has hit Japanese and German suppliers with a string of fines in recent weeks.  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:40:13 EST.  Subscription required.
  • VIDEO: Sole-d: Why Northampton shoes are big in Japan
    Around a third of all shoes made in the UK end up in Japan.
    BBC News.  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:10:23 GMT.
  • Japan and Australia lead Asia losses
    Asian shares were ending the week mixed after a lacklustre lead from Wall Street following disappointing economic data.
    BBC News.  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:48:21 GMT.
  • Origami-Inspired Solar Panels Could be Headed for Space
    NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. ...
    Elizabeth Montalbano.  Design News.  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:15:00 EDT.
  • FUNimation Entertainment Launches On Playstation┬«4
    FLOWER MOUND, Texas, April 16, 2015 -- Anime fans got some big news recently, when FUNimation Entertainment, the leading source of Japanese anime, released the new PS4 app for its streaming service in the US and Canada. ...
    PR Newswire.  Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:04:00 EDT.
  • Japan Jets Scramble At Cold-War Levels
    Japan says it is scrambling fighter jets at levels unprecedented since the height of the Cold War in response to foreign aircraft, mostly Russian and Chinese, approaching its airspace.
    Radio Liberty.  Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:38:27 +0000.
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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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