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Encyclopedia > Japanese archipelago

The Japanese Archipelago which forms the country of Japan extends from north to south along the eastern coast of the Eurasian Continent, the western shore of the Pacific Ocean. It consists of more than 1000 islands, including the four Main Islands (in descending order from North to South). African-Eurasian aspect of Earth Eurasia is the landmass composed of the continents of Europe and Asia. ...

  1. Hokkaido (Farthest North)
  2. Honshu
  3. Kyushu
  4. Shikoku (Farthest South; i.e.: Its highest point is farther south than the highest points of all the others)

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Japanese people - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (926 words)
While most Japanese live on the islands, some emigrated, predominantly to Hawaii, the west coast of the United States and Canada, Latin America (particularly, Brazil), and Russia, (particularly, Sakhalin and Primorsky Krai).
The most accepted theory is that present-day Japanese are descended principally from both the Jomon, a paleo-Asiatic people, and the Yayoi, a neo-Asiatic people, with cultural influences from the Korean Gaya confederacy and Baekje kingdom, and also from the Sui, and Tang Dynasty of China.
The Japanese trace their ancestry to the Jomon people and the Yayoi people, and then perhaps the Koreans, Mongolians, Malays, Indonesians, and Polynesians, thus making their Mongoloid traits unique.
Contemporary Japan: Society and Culture | Asian Topics on Asia for Educators (530 words)
The Japanese archipelago — with more than one thousand islands in all — spans diverse living environments: snowy mountains in the northern island of Hokkaido; bustling cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka; tropical rice paddies in southern Kyushu.
Japanese are expected from a young age to work hard and succeed in a highly competitive environment.
Japanese often think of themselves as a homogeneous society, with a strong sense of group and national identity and little or no ethnic or racial diversity.
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