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Category: Country of Japan (page 1 of 4)

Japan is an island nation in Northeast Asia.

Japanese Transnational Issues

International Disputes Involving Japan:

1. The sovereignty dispute over the islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, and Shikotan, and the Habomai group, known in Japan as the “Northern Territories” and in Russia as the “Southern Kuril Islands,” occupied by the Soviet Union in 1945, now administered by Russia and claimed by Japan, remains the primary sticking point to signing a peace treaty formally ending World War II hostilities.

2. Japan and South Korea claim Liancourt Rocks (Take-shima/Dokdo) occupied by South Korea since 1954.

3. China and Taiwan dispute both Japan’s claims to the uninhabited islands of the Senkaku-shoto (Diaoyu Tai) and Japan’s unilaterally declared exclusive economic zone in the East China Sea, the site of intensive hydrocarbon prospecting.


Military Branches

Japanese Ministry of Defense (MOD):

Ground Self-Defense Force (Rikujou Jietai, GSDF), Maritime Self-Defense Force (Kaijou Jietai, MSDF), Air Self-Defense Force (Koku Jieitai, ASDF) (2009)

Military service age and obligation:

18 years of age for voluntary military service (2001) Read more

Transportation in Japan

Number of Japanese Airports: 175 (2008)
country comparison to the world: 35
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Number on Japanese Phones and Internet Users

Telephones – main lines in use: 51.232 million (2007)
country comparison to the world: 5

Telephones – mobile cellular: 107.339 million (2007)
country comparison to the world: 7

Telephone system: excellent domestic and international service
domestic: high level of modern technology and excellent service of every kind

International: country code – 81

Numerous submarine cables provide links throughout Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe, and US

Satellite earth stations – 5 Intelsat (4 Pacific Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean), 1 Intersputnik (Indian Ocean region), and 1 Inmarsat (Pacific and Indian Ocean regions

Radio broadcast stations: AM 215 (plus 370 repeaters), FM 89 (plus 485 repeaters), shortwave 21 (2001)

Television broadcast stations: 211 (plus 7,341 repeaters)
In addition, US Forces are served by 3 TV stations and 2 TV cable services (1999)

Internet country code: .jp
Internet hosts:   39.909 million (2008)
country comparison to the world: 2

Internet users: 88.11 million (2007)
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Nichigin: The Bank of Japan

The Bank of Japan (日本銀行, Nippon Ginkō) is the central bank of Japan. It is called Nichigin (日銀) for short.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan
Established in 1882
Bank Governor: Shirakawa Masaaki 白川方明 since April 2008
Base borrowing rate: 0.30%

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Posted: January 23, 2019, 12:11 am
Japan's central bank has again revised down its inflation forecasts, in the latest sign of its struggle to reach a long-sought 2% rate that officials consider key to boost the economy. After a two-day ...
Posted: January 22, 2019, 11:00 pm
BOJ and inflation struggles, what else is new in Japan? The central bank moved to cut its inflation forecasts earlier today in what looks to be another move that suggests that they are losing more and ...
Posted: January 22, 2019, 9:40 pm
The Bank of Japan stood pat on interest rates, as expected, and cut its inflation forecasts as an exit of a loose monetary policy now looks much further off. The bank voted 7-2 in favor of keeping ...
Posted: January 22, 2019, 9:35 pm
Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) kept its monetary policy steady on Wednesday as expected. The BOJ maintained its short-term interest rate target at minus 0.1% and trimmed its forecast for core ...
Posted: January 22, 2019, 9:22 pm
Economic data released through the Asian session this morning included 4 th quarter inflation numbers out of New Zealand and December trade data out of Japan. Outside of the numbers, the Bank of Japan ...
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Posted: January 22, 2019, 8:39 pm
TOKYO—The Bank of Japan stood pat on policy Wednesday despite downward revisions to its price outlook, suggesting the bank is in no hurry to reach its 2% inflation target. The board decided at its fir...
Posted: January 22, 2019, 8:39 pm
The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Wednesday and cut its price projections. This bolsters market views that the central bank is in no position to rush an exit from its massive stimulus p...
Posted: January 22, 2019, 7:53 pm
It was the sharpest year-on-year decline since October 2016. The trade data underscores rising external pressure on the world's third largest economy and comes hours before the Bank of Japan delivers ...
Posted: January 22, 2019, 6:20 pm
Niinami, however, was gloomy on prospects for achieving the Bank of Japan’s 2 percent inflation target, which remains elusive despite years of heavy money printing as cost-sensitive consumers discoura...
Posted: January 22, 2019, 8:49 am
The Bank of Japan will hold its first monetary policy meeting of 2019 on January 22-23, and unlike this time last year when there was a real prospect of a QE exit, policymakers will probably be discus...
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