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Island off the coast of Asia (Old Earth). Developed a unique medieval culture, originally isolationist but later adopted Western ways, early atomic age military superpower, later atomic age and information age economic superpower, power waned during the Interplanetary Age (greatly eclipsed by China and Indonesia) but a number of Japanese transplanetary corporations remained powerful right up until the Technocalypse. The influence of Japanese aesthetics, popular culture, mysticism (especially Zen) and fighting styles (see Martial Arts) remain strong even to the present time.

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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 25 November 2001.