Population- As of March 2012 the population estimate was 127,650,000 making it the world's tenth-most populous country. Current statistics do not showcase much difference in population numbers. Japan's population size can be attributed to high growth rates experienced during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Type of government- Japan has a parliamentary system of government like Britain and Canada. Unlike the Americans or the French, the Japanese do not elect a president directly. Diet members elect a prime minister from among themselves. The prime minister forms and leads the cabinet of ministers of state.
The basics of Japanese food culture- The typical Japanese meal consists of a bowl of rice (gohan), a bowl of miso soup (miso shiru), pickled vegetables (tsukemono) and fish or meat. While rice is the staple food, several kinds of noodles (udon, soba and ramen) are cheap and very popular for light meals. As an island nation, the Japanese take great pride in their seafood. A wide variety of fish, squid, octopus, eel, and shellfish appear in all kinds of dishes from sushi to tempura.
Japanese Religion- Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major religions. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported from the mainland in the 6th century.
Link to current event http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/28/world/asia/japan-volcano-ontake/
Three problems Japan faces 1. Poverty- Female poverty is a factor in the declining birth rate too. There are 340,000 abortions a year in Japan, many of them presumably on women for whom child-raising is an economic impossibility. 2. Radiation 3. Unpopular and Seemingly powerless govt.
Three possible solutions to these problems. 1. Poverty may be addressed by creating places where those who are not so fortunate can go to get a little help, food, clothing etc. 2. Radiation can be addressed by switching to any other source of renewable energy. 3. The situation with the government can be addressed by the people of Japan, if they chose their leader then maybe they would be able to form a respectable government.
My opinion on visiting Japan. I would love to visit Japan because Japan is where so many of the things ive come to love were created. things like Pokemon, Naruto, Sushi, and Ramen!