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Location: Eastern Asia, island chain between the north Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean peninsula
Population: 125.5 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Tokyo
Comparative area: Slightly smaller than California
Religions: Observe both Shinto and Buddhist 84 percent, other 16 percent (including 0.7 Christian)
Landscape: Mostly rugged and mountainous; four large islands and thousands of smaller ones make up Japan; four major islands — Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku — form a curve that extends for 1,200 miles
Recognized by International Olympic Committee: 1912

Source: Knight-Ridder/Tribune

News

Saturday, Feb. 21: Nishitani Wins Short-Track Men's 500
Tuesday, Feb. 17: Japanese Rally to Win Team Jumping Event
Sunday, Feb. 15: Funaki Wins Ski Jumping for Japan
Wednesday, Feb. 11: Japan's Satoya Wins Women's Moguls
Tuesday, Feb. 10: Shimizu Wins Men's 500, Gives Japan First Gold

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