Flag of Japan

Flag of Japan

Japan, or "Land of the rising sun", can feel proud of its flag, whose symbolism could be tracked back by several millennia. The red circle on a white background indicates a rising sun disc - so called Hinomaru in Japanese. The cult of sun enjoyed great attention there, Japanese emperors were said to be the descendants of a sun goddess Amaterasu. This symbol was drawn by samurais on ornamental fans called "gunsen" in the twelfth century already. In the 15th and 16th century, the symbol was used as a military insignia and it was displayed on military standards. When Japanese abandoned its policy of isolation in 1870 and began to make contact with other countries, they decided to use this ancient symbol as the central theme of its national flag.

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Main information

Country
Japan
Capital city
Tokyo
Population
127,180,000 (2014)
Total area
377,873 km2
Formation
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Highest point
Mount Fuji (3,776 m)
GDP
$ 35,855 (IMF, 2012)
Currency
japanese yen (JPY)
Code
JP (JPN)
Calling code
+81
Internet TLD
.jp

Country is member of

By continents
Asia
By organizations
G8

Name of country in other languages

Czech
Japonsko (Tokio)
English
Japan (Tokyo)
German
Japan (Tokio)
French
Japon (Tokyo)
Italian
Giappone (Tokyo)
Spanish
Japón (Tokio)
Russian
Япония (Токио)
Slovak
Japonsko (Tokio)
Polish
Japonia (Tokio)
Portuguese
Japão (Tóquio)
Chinese
日本 (东京)
Japanese
日本 (東京)
Turkish
Japonya (Tokyo)
Norwegian
Japan (Tokyo)
Swedish
Japan (Tokyo prefektur)
Hungarian
Japán (Tokió)
Dutch
Japan (Tokio)
Danish
Japan (Tokyo)
Finnish
Japani (Tokio)
Hebrew
יפן (טוקיו)

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