Japan Introduction - 2002
SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
While retaining its time-honored culture, Japan rapidly absorbed Western technology during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After its devastating defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become the second most powerful economy in the world 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 in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth.
NOTE: The information regarding Japan on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Japan Introduction 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Japan Introduction 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.