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||The General Knowledge of Japan 1
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___The Japanese refer to their country as "Nippon"
or "Nihon". These two names apparently
have their origin in the words "place
from where the sun rises" used by Prince
Shotoku, an early 7th-century Japanese ruler,
to designate his country in a letter he sent
to China. The designation "place from
where the sun rises" translates into
Chinese characters which can be read either
as "Nippon" or "Nihon".
Both readings are in general use today. However,
"Nippon" is the more common choice
in formal matters.
___There are two widely held explanations regarding
the origin of "Japan" and
names used in the European languages.
to one of these, these names come from
or "Jipangu" which are Portuguese
attempts at pronouncing "Jihpenkuo",
the name for Japan used for Japan in
___The other has it that they come from the
Dutch "Japan" taken from "Yatpun",
the name for Japan used in Southern China.
___"Japan" has been chosen as the
formal name designating the country in the
|Location and Size of Japan
___Japan is an island nation lying off the east
coast of Asia. It has the general shape of
a crescent and extends 3,000 km (1,860 miles)
from tip to tip.
___The country is made up of four main islands
(Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Hokkaido)
together with more than 4,000 smaller
are collectively referred to as the
___Japan's land area of about 146,000 square
miles is one twenty-fifth that of the
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