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Japan

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishJapanJapan  a country in East Asia consisting of four large islands, Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu, and many smaller ones. Population: 127,253,075 (2014). Capital: Tokyo. The main religions are Shinto and Buddhism. Japan is an ancient civilization, but during the 1970s and 1980s it became a rich country with advanced industries, known especially for making cars and electronic goods. When people in the US and UK think of Japan, they typically think of it as a place that develops and produces advanced electronic equipment and has trains that travel at high speeds. It is also known for its traditional culture, such as geishas (=traditional female entertainers) wearing beautiful kimonos and sumo wrestlers.
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