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Location: Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula

Area: 377,835 sq km

Climate: varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north

Terrain: mostly rugged and mountainous

Population: 126,182,077 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: observe both Shinto and Buddhist 84%, other 16% (including Christian 0.7%)

Languages: Japanese

Capital: Tokyo

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