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Japan, the land of the rising sun, is probably the most awed and respected country for its economic power and technology in the world. But in spite of its strong economy and immense technical progress it still shrouds in ancient history and rich culture. This country is a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of East Asia. The other countries nearest Japan are Russia, China and the Republic of Korea. More than 6800 islands together make up the nation of Japan. Most of these islands are very small, only 340 are over one kilometer four main islands make up 98% of the country. These main islands are Hokkaido; Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu.