It is one of the most amazing countries in the world. The
Japanese call it Nippon or Nihon, meaning the source of the Sun.
Others call it the Land of the Rising Sun.We call it Japan. This
small nation of scattered islands off the eastern coast of mainland
Asia is often called the “Miracle of the Orient.” It has risen from
obscurity and self-imposed isolation to a position as a global
economic giant in little more than a century. Yet considering the
country’s physical geography, its history, and its huge population,
Japan should have been a huge failure. Japan had to overcome many
seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve its...