Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of ► China, ► North Korea, ► South Korea and ► Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea in the south. To the south lie ► Taiwan and the ► Philippines and to the east the ► Northern Mariana Islands, all three share maritime borders with Japan. The characters that make up Japan's name literally mean "sun-origin," thus Japan is sometimes identified as the "Land of the Rising Sun," derived from the country's eastward position relative to China.
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