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country situated on a chain of islands off the eastern coast of Asia
of or pertaining to japan lacquer
shiny black lacquer which originated in Japan; something varnished with japan lacquer
varnish with japan lacquer; coat with any black lacquer


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\ja*pan"\ (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. japanned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. japanning.]
1. to cover with a coat of hard, brilliant varnish, in the manner of the japanese; to lacquer.
2. to give a glossy black to, as shoes. [r.]
\ja*pan"\ (?), n. [from japan, the country.] work varnished and figured in the japanese manner; also, the varnish or lacquer used in japanning.
\ja*pan"\, a. of or pertaining to japan, or to the lacquered work of that country; as, japan ware.
allspice (bot.), a spiny shrub from japan (chimonanthus fragrans), related to the carolina allspice.
black (chem.), a quickly drying black lacquer or varnish, consisting essentially of asphaltum dissolved in naphtha or turpentine, and used for coating ironwork; -- called also brunswick black, japan lacquer, or simply japan.
camphor, ordinary camphor brought from china or japan, as distinguished from the rare variety called borneol or borneo camphor.
clover, or
pea (bot.), a cloverlike plant (lespedeza striata) from eastern asia, useful for fodder, first noticed in the southern united states about 1860, but now become very common. during the civil war it was called variously yankee clover and rebel clover.
earth. see catechu.
ink, a kind of writing ink, of a deep, glossy black when dry.
varnish, a varnish prepared from the milky juice of the rhus vernix, a small japanese tree related to the poison sumac.
1. a string of more than 3,000 islands east of asia extending 1,300 miles between the sea of japan and the western pacific ocean [syn: japan, japanese islands, japanese archipelago ]

2. a constitutional monarchy occupying the japanese archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building [syn: japan, nippon, nihon]

3. lacquerware decorated and varnished in the japanese manner with a glossy durable black lacquer
4. lacquer with a durable glossy black finish, originally from the orient v : lacquer with japan

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 japan quince 
 japan pea 
 japan camphor 
 japan medlar 
 japan allspice 
 japan black 
 japan current 
 japan lacquer 
 japan ink 
 japan clover 
 japan earth 
 japan varnish 
 japan globeflower 
 capital of japan 


Japan ( Nippon or Nihon; formally or Nihon-koku, literally "[the] State of Japan") is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why Japan is often referred to as the "Land of the Rising Sun".

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Originally a self-aggrandising claim of a rock group or other stage act who aren't successful in their own country. Now used ironically to describe any failing act.
Second division rock groups who couldn't make the charts back home used to say they were big in Japan, implying they had a world-wide following.

1. a string of more than 3,000 islands east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean
(synonym) Japanese Islands, Japanese Archipelago
(hypernym) archipelago
(part-holonym) Pacific, Pacific Ocean
(part-meronym) Hokkaido, Ezo, Yezo
2. a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
(synonym) Nippon, Nihon
(hypernym) Asian country, Asian nation
(part-holonym) Asia
(member-meronym) Japanese, Nipponese
(part-meronym) Kammon Strait Bridge
(class) harakiri, hara-kiri, harikari
1. lacquerware decorated and varnished in the Japanese manner with a glossy durable black lacquer
(hypernym) lacquerware
2. lacquer with a durable glossy black finish, originally from the orient
(hypernym) lacquer
1. coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan
(hypernym) lacquer
(classification) handicraft

Valladolid & Japan

Birthdate: June 17, 1975
Birthplace: Hokkaido, Japan
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Position: Forward
International: 26 caps, 5 goals
World Cups: 1 (1998)
Previous Clubs: JEF United Ichihara, Yokohama Marinos
Transfer Fee: -
The first Japanese footballer to play ever in the Spanish Liga Primera. He arrived to Spain in January 2000 and made his debut the 16th of that month vs Numancia. Shoji has adapted to Spain and is a major threat for the Liga's rivals. He got injured in March 2000 in a friendly match between Japan and China, and was supposed to be 6 months away, but like Jo said: "My morfology is different to all others" and he was right, miraculously he got cured with some days only. Before playing for Valladolid, he received offers from Italian Serie A, but he refused them because his dream ever was to play in Spain.
Jubilo Iwata & Japan

Birthdate: September 23, 1967
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 1.78 mts
Weight: 74 kgs
Position: Forward
International: 35 caps, 16 goals (as of July 16, 2000)
World Cups: 1 (1998)
Previous Clubs: Tsukuba University, Yamaha
Transfer Fee: -
Masashi Nakayama seems to have a habit of being in the right place at the right time. In France 98 he was Okada's favoured striker to partner Shoji Jo, coming in ahead of Japanese legend Kazu Miura, Nakayama's close friend. Okada dropped Miura, the former Santos, Genoa and Verdy Kawasaki striker, just days before the squad was supposed to travel from their Swiss training camp to France. Nakayama has a good scoring record for a veteran who is building his career to a climax this summer. Works the defence continually with his runs and lets others exploit the space, he has a good shot and is reasonable in the air.
Venezia & Japan

Birthdate: November 28, 1972
Birthplace: Shizuoka, Japan
Height: 1.76 mts
Weight: 68 kgs
Position: Midfielder
International: 57 caps, 6 goals (as of September 3, 2000)
World Cups: 1 (1998)
Previous Clubs: Jubilo Iwata
Transfer Fee: -
Urawa Reds & Japan
Birthdate: September 27, 1979
Birthplace: Numazu, Japan
Height: 1.75 mts
Weight: 74 kgs
Position: Midfielder
International: 9 caps, 0 goals (as of August 2, 2000)
World Cups: 1 (1998)
Previous Clubs: None
Transfer Fee: -
A promising midfielder with dribbling and passing skills as well as broad vision. Graduated from high school in March 99 and just debuted in the J-League. Also a member of the under- 19 team, widely seen an asset for Japan's future campaigns in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2002 World Cup finals to be co-hosted by Japan and South Korea. Was voted into the ideal team of 1999 Nigeria U-20 World Cup.

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Country Code -81


The index fingers and thumbs of both hands form a triangle. Both hands are moved apart and the fingers close together until touching, signifying the shape of the islands on the map.

- Static variable in class java.util.Locale 
public static final Locale JAPAN
Useful constant for country.

Fear of Japanese

JP (Internet),
JP (ISO 3166),
JPN (ISO 3166),
JA (FIPS 10-4)

Flag of Japan
Flag of Japan

In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the United States in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1933 Japan occupied Manchuria and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, actual power rests in networks of powerful politicians, bureaucrats, and business executives. The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally. In 2005, Japan began a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Map of Japan

Map of Japan

More about Japan:

  • Geography
  • People
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  • Economy
  • Communications
  • Transportation
  • Military
  • Transnational Issues

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    Exchange: Nasdaq
    Engaged in air craft business. JAPAN EQUITY FUND INC
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    (v. t.)
    To give a glossy black to, as shoes.
       (v. t.)
    To cover with a coat of hard, brilliant varnish, in the manner of the Japanese; to lacquer.
    Work varnished and figured in the Japanese manner; also, the varnish or lacquer used in japanning.
    Of or pertaining to Japan, or to the lacquered work of that country; as, Japan ware.

    Quidditch has never achieved great popularity in the East (where the flying carpet is generally preferred to the broomstick).
    Japan, however, has been the exception to this general rule, with the sport steadily gaining popularity over the last century.
    The Tengu are Japan's most successful team, narrowly missing a win over Lithuania's Gorodok Gargoyles in 1994.

    AS Roma & Japan

    Birthdate: January 22, 1977
    Birthplace: Yamanashi, Japan
    Height: 175 cms
    Weight: 67 kgs
    Position: Midfielder
    Games & Goals with National Team: 28 caps, 9 goals (as of May 7, 2000)
    International Debut: 1997 (vs. South Korea)

    Hidetoshi is one of the big stars of the Asian soccer. Rapid and very technical, when he act in the strip he reach to go to the center in order to participate in the organization of the game. Magnificent assists, Nakata is a specialist in the free kicks and their arrivals to the rival area are synonym of danger. Member of 1996 Olympic Games team that defeated Brazil. Nakata surprised the world in World Cup game vs. Argentina (0-1). He likes to paint his hair. Transferred for $17.00 Millions of Dollars to AS Roma in January 2000. Defeated by Ali Daei in his attempt of winning the best Asian player of the year for third consecutive year in a row.
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    Nickname Blues
    Association Japan Football Association
    Coach Zico (2002-present)
    Most caps Masami Ihara (123)
    Top scorer Kunishige Kamamoto (73)
    Home colours

    Away colours

    First international
    Japan 0 - 5 China
    (Tokyo, Japan; May 9, 1917)
    Largest win
    Japan 15 - 0 Philippines
    (Tokyo, Japan; September 27, 1967)
    Worst defeat
    Japan 2 - 15 Philippines
    (Tokyo, Japan; September 10, 1917)
    World Cup
    Appearances 3 (First in 1998)
    Best result Round 2, 2002
    AFC Asian Cup
    Appearances 5 (First in 1988)
    Best result Winners, 1992, 2000, 2004

    The Japan national football team is the national football team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association. It is currently the highest-ranked Asian (AFC) national team in the official FIFA World Rankings. The team is commonly known by the fans and media as Nihon Daihyo (日本代表 "Japanese representatives"), Daihyo (代表 "representatives") or Zico Japan (ジーコジャパン Jiko Japan?) - the name of the current coach followed by the English "Japan".

    After being overshadowed for years by baseball and sumo wrestling, football has been rapidly growing in popularity in Japan in recent years, especially since the launch of the J. League in 1993. Japan narrowly missed a ticket to the 1994 World Cup after failing to beat Iraq in the final match of the qualification round, remembered by fans as the Agony of Doha. The nation's first World Cup appearance was in 1998, where they lost all three matches. Japan's first two fixtures went 1-0 in favor of Argentina and Croatia, despite playing well in both games. Their campaign ended with an unexpected 2-1 defeat to rank outsiders Jamaica.

    Four years later, Japan co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea. Despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Belgium in their opening game, the Japanese team advanced to the second round with a 1-0 win over Russia and a 2-0 victory against Tunisia. However, they subsequently exited the tournament during the Round of 16, after losing 1-0 to eventual third-place finishers Turkey.

    Japan has had considerably more success in the Asian Cup, taking home the winner's trophy in three of the last four finals. Their principal continental rivals are South Korea, followed by Iran and Saudi Arabia.

    On June 8, 2005, Japan qualified for its third consecutive World Cup by beating North Korea 2-0 in Bangkok, Thailand. For the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Japan is in Group F along with Australia, Brazil, and Croatia.


    • 1 World Cup record
    • 2 Asian Cup record
    • 3 East Asian Cup record
    • 4 Top goalscorers
    • 5 Former players
    • 6 2006 World Cup Squad
    • 7 See also
    • 8 External links

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