Japan borders the North Pacific Ocean on the east. It consists of four large islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, and Kyushu) and 3,000 small islands.

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Population: 126.168 million
Ethnic Groups: Japanese (98.1%), Chinese (0.5%), Korean (0.4%), Other (1%)
Languages: Japanese
Religions: Shintoism (70.4%), Buddhism (69.8%), Christianity (1.5%), Other (6.9%)
Capital: Tokyo
CIA: The World Factbook — Last Updated December 28, 2019

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Japan achieved remarkable growth in the second half of the 20th Century after the devastation of World War II. Today, it has a strong economy and the standard of living in Japan is exceptionally high. Material possessions are about equal to the United States while the healthcare and transportation systems are steadily advancing. Most Japanese incorporate aspects of Shintoism and Buddhism into their lives as tradition — such as in the case of birth, death, and mourning rituals — but more than 70% of them also claim no personal religion. Shintoism includes religious practices such as nature worship, ancestor worship, and animism. Although Christianity and Confucianism are relatively minor religions in Japan, they have both in their own ways influenced Japanese culture and thinking.