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Top Ten Things to Know About Japan in the Early Twenty-First Century

By Carol Gluck 10 JAPAN IS NOT A SMALL COUNTRY. Although Japan is sometimes compared in size to the state of California, it is probably better to think of such things in national terms. In that case, Japan is two-thirds the size of France, one-quarter bigger than Italy or Great Britain, and three-quarters larger than the Korean peninsula. Geographically, the United States, Russia, and China are very big countries, while Japan is something more like “normal size.”1 But geographic size do...

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Top Ten Things to Know about Japan in the Late 1990s

NUMBER 10 JAPAN IS NOT A SMALL COUNTRY Although Japan is sometimes compared in size to a state such as California, it is probably better to think of it in national terms. In that case, Japan is two-thirds the size of France, one-quarter bigger than Italy or Great Britain, and threequarters larger than the Korean peninsula. Geographically, the United States, Russia, and China are very big countries, while Japan is something more like “normal size.” (note 1)  But geographic size does n...

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