Author(s): Catrina Daniels-Cowart
Japan is an island nation, located in the Pacific Ocean to the east of the Asian continent. It is a fascinating country made up of thousands of islands. The four largest are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku. These are referred to as the "home islands." Ninety-seven percent of Japan's total area includes these islands. Since World War II, Japan has undergone a massive economic expansion propelled by the car industry and the electronics industry. Today, Japan is the world's third largest economy. Discover Japan, a country with a long history from ancient times that has grown to international heights. From the first piece of pottery to robots that can help take over jobs, learn more about this fascinating country and what it has done and will do in the future. The Asian Countries Today series provides information on nine of the most important countries in Asia. Every book describes the history, geography, economy, culture, and relationship each country has with its neighbors. Furthermore, the series will encourage, inspire, and motivate the young reader to explore this fascinating subject in more depth.