Welcome to Japan

Updated: March 4, 2009, 2:32 PM ET
By Joe Connor | Special to ESPN.com

QUICK FACTS Most Known For Its … Civil engineering marvels; Shinkansen bullet trains that whip under the ocean between Japan's islands; Mount Fuji; subways so packed officers actually push crowds in like sardines during peak hours; of course, awesome sunrises.

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

Size: 145,882 square miles, or slightly smaller than California

Population: Approximately ...

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