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    (660 BC- )
    Slightly smaller than California
    Capital: Tokyo
    Population: 126,771,662
    Currency: Yen
    Became independent 660 BC (traditional founding by Emperor Jimmu)
    Constitution ratified (May 3, 1947)
    In Japan, 20% of all publications sold are comic books, many of them are pornographic anime.
    Child pornography was legal in Japan until the late 1990's.
    In 1996 it was reported that the most popular publishing premise in Japan was WW II novels in which Japan wins. Entire bookstores were built for the genre.
    There's a place in Japan called 'O.'
    In Japan, squid is the most popular topping for Domino's Pizza.
    Out of the 23,000 Japanese soldiers that died on Guadalcanal during WW II, only 10% died from Allied gunfire. The majority died from fever, malaria, and hunger.
    The Japanese cremate 93% of their dead.
    In ancient Japan, public contests were held to see who in a town could break wind loudest and longest.
    The last Japanese soldier in WW II, Hiroo Onoda, did not surrender from active duty until 1974.
    They make very poor horror films.
    They bombed Pearl Harbor, bringing the U.S. into World War II (December 7, 1941).
    The Tokyo Railway used to employ professional pushers to squash people in.
    They have one of the highest suicide rates of any nation.
    Japan has the second most powerful economy in the world.
    99% of the population of Japan can read and write.
    They are the first and only country to have been bombed with atom bombs during war (1945).
    Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in Asia.
    Venetian blinds were invented in Japan.
    In WW II, Chrysler built B-29's that bombed Japan, Mitsubishi built Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant called Diamond Star.
    In 1996, Ringo Starr appeared in a Japanese advertisement for apple sauce, which coincidentally is what his name means in Japanese.
    The Japanese national anthem is expressed in only four lines.
    Murasaki Shikibu wrote the first full novel, 'The Tale of Genji,' early in the eleventh century.
    Japan is hit by about 1,500 tremors and earthquakes a year.
    Hirohito was the 124th in an unbroken line of emperors.
    Japan is an oceanic mountain range that hasn't yet stopped growing.
    Nine years of education is compulsory.
    They people have the longest life expectancy at birth.

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