Truly emblematic of a resilient country, this archipelago of over 6,800 islands has a documented history reverting to the 1AD and has through centuries had its fair share of wars and natural disasters. However, it has always risen stronger and better, to take on the world with extraordinary fervor and prowess. Today, Japan is a major economic power, steadfastly defending its title as the third largest economy in the world and being the world’s fourth largest exporter and importer. Japan’s natural beauty, checkered history and beautiful people have continued to be immortalized in the creative arts around the world. Blessed with a temperate climate, Japan is renowned for its mountains and forests, in addition to its volcanic zone housing 108 active volcanoes. Japanese cuisine has become legendary among gourmands around the world with entire industries, revolving around the Japanese food industry becoming a growing phenomenon in current times.
Japan is a highly influential member of the G8, APEC and the ASEAN plus Three blocks and is the world’s third largest donor for official development assistance. Working within a constitutional monarchy with the Emperor as a highly respected albeit decorative figurehead, the country is governed by the Prime Minister and the diet. Home to 326 Forbes Global companies, the country’s industrial capacity has given it a competitive advantage over some of the largest and most technologically advanced motor vehicle producers making it the second largest producer of automobiles. Telecommunication giants and the fisheries industry remain bedrocks of the economy. Some of the world’s largest banks call Japan its home, while by market capitalization, the Tokyo Stock Exchange is the second largest in the world by market capitalization. Japan ranks twelfth of 178 countries in the Ease of Doing Business Index and has one of the smallest tax revenues in the developed world.