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  • Obama pledges Japan islands support
    US President Barack Obama tells Japan that islands it disputes with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty, as he begins an Asian tour.
    BBC News.  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:11:34 GMT.
  • Alcantara Teams With Nendo - Award Winning Japanese Design Studio
    MILAN, April 23, 2014 -- Alcantara's "Kaleidoscope" exhibit at this year's Milan Design Week featured a unique display created by Nendo -- an award-winning Japanese design studio headed by Oki Sato. ...
    PR Newswire.  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:08:00 EDT.
  • Obama seeks to ease Asian allies' doubts during visit to Japan
    By Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Tokyo and other Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. ...
    Yahoo.  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:02:59 -0400.
  • Bieber upsets with war shrine image
    Justin Bieber has caused social media upset after posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine on Instagram.
    BBC News.  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:35:48 GMT.
  • Obama says disputed islands within scope of US-Japan security treaty
    U.S. President Barack Obama has assured Japan that tiny islands in the East China Sea are covered by a bilateral security treaty that obligates America to come to Japan's defence
    Hurriyet.  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:32:00 +0200.
  • Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip
    Justin Bieber has apologized to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer.
    Miami Herald.  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:47 EDT.
  • China Slams Bieber for Yasukuni Shrine Visit
    Canadian pop music star Justin Bieber has prompted fresh controversy and a condemnation by China, after visiting a Tokyo shrine honoring several World War II Japanese war criminals. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:30:25 -0400.
  • Pirates Attack Japanese Oil Tanker off Malaysia
    Pirates have kidnapped three crew members and seized millions of liters of diesel fuel in an attack on a Japanese tanker off Malaysia's west coast. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:48:58 -0400.
  • China Mobile iPhone Sales Steady While Japan's Tax Increase Drove Huge March Sales
    China Mobile is selling iPhones at a steady pace and Japan's tax increase could have driven an incremental 2 million iPhone sales in March.
    By Chuck Jones.  Forbes.  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:01:00 GMT.
  • Yasukuni Shrine a "negative asset" for Japan: China
    A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Japanese lawmakers' mass visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine earlier in the day fuelled controversy over the shrine after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent offering there.
    Xinhua.  2014-04-22.
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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.

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