The island nation of Japan, located in the Pacific Ocean, east of China, N. and S. Korea, and Russia, was first documented in the first century AD. The development of the nation was influenced by surrounding countries and cultures as well as periods of isolation, followed by its success in several wars. Currently, Japan is one of the world’s strongest economic powers and is a constitutional monarchy with an emperor and parliament.
SAS participants in Japan explore the unique and diverse systems of economy, philosophy, and religion, as well as the many cultural and historical sites, sanctuaries of biodiversity, war and post-colonial centers, and volcanic parks that are interspersed throughout the nation.
Source: CIA Factbook
- Language: Japanese
- Population: 127,799,000
- Government: Unitary parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy
- Currency: Yen (¥)
- Capital: Tokyo
Things To Do in Japan
- Take part in an international student exchange program with Japanese university students
- Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum
- Visit a YMCA-sponsored kindergarten and nursery school
- Survey the densely packed buildings and cultural opportunities of Tokyo
- Travel to the base—and then drive partially up—Mt. Fuji
- Observe a fish auction for an up close look at the current status of marine fisheries