Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Shinkansen bullet trains connect the main islands of Kyushu (with Okinawa's subtropical beaches), Honshu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial) and Hokkaido (famous for skiing). Tokyo, the capital, is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pop culture.
Population: 127.3 million
3 important historical events
The Great Kantō earthquake struck the Kantō Plain on the Japanese main island of Honshū at 11:58:44 a.m. JST on Saturday, September 1, 1923. Varied accounts indicate the duration of the earthquake was between four and ten minutes.The death toll would be about 140,000, including 44,000 who had sought refuge near Tokyo’s Sumida River in the first few hours, only to be immolated by a freak pillar of fire known as a dragon twist.
Atomic bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the world's first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The two bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people, remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history.
North Kyushu Typhoon, According to official confirmed report, at the time of passing, estimated to central pressure is 935hPa, with maximum wind speed 55 m/s. Storm surge occurs in such as the Ariake Sea, Hakata Bay, official death toll was 19,113 person and injures are 18,625.
Top tourists scams in Japan
The Ore-Ore Fraud, This one is less likely to affect short term tourists and is more likely to affect people staying in Japan for an extended period of time or someone moving there permanently. In this elaborate scam, a con artist indiscriminately cold-calls phone numbers until they find someone that they think can be tricked into handing over money. Since Japan’s society is largely cash-based it makes this scam more effective as the scammers can’t be tracked. Some of the con artists will even pose as police offers and demand payment for damage from a friend’s car accident.
The Drop and Swap, Taxi drivers, waiters, shop keepers, and more will “accidentally” drop your change and pick up similar looking (though considerably less valuable) coins or notes instead. This is somewhat common in Japan but also throughout Asia.
The Beggar, As you walk along the street a beggar –typically an old or pregnant woman—will catch your attention and try to guilt you into giving her your loose change. On the surface, this doesn’t seem terribly bad as more often than not you can either hand them a few coins to get them to stop hassling you or simply continue on your way, but sometimes there is a pickpocket nearby who is watching you to see where you keep your wallet. This way, they have prior knowledge of its placement and can more easily plan to get it off you without you noticing.
The Speak and Show, You’ll be walking around town, talking to your travel companions in English when a group of school kids or young adults excitedly approaches you. They will not be obviously looking for anything but instead will express interest in connecting and practicing their English with you. They’ve been studying it in school, after all, and their teachers said practicing with a native speaker is the best way to get better. If you agree, they will offer to show you around the city in exchange for the practice. Eventually though, you will end up in a café where you’ll enjoy tea, snacks and more….then you’ll be presented with a bill for hundreds of dollars and your English-speaking student will be nowhere to be seen.
Credits to: https://www.covermore.com.au/blog/asia/top-scams-in-japan
Was Our Country Colonised?
Japan was not formally colonized by Western powers, but was a colonizer itself. It has, however, experienced formal semicolonial situations, and modern Japan was profoundly influenced by Western colonialism in wide-ranging ways.
Religions in our country
Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major religions. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported from the mainland in the 6th century. Since then, the two religions have been co-existing relatively harmoniously and have even complemented each other to a certain degree.
Describe 3 ways in which your chosen country is different from Australia (eg. religion, dress style, customs and laws).
If Japan were your home instead of Australia you would...
be 28.07% less likely to be unemployed
be 65.97% less likely to be in prison
make 13.72% less money
be 72.73% less likely to be murdered
use 28.7% less electricity
experience 24.09% more of a class divide
live 2.39 years longer
have 3.46% less free time
be 51.92% less likely to die in infancy
consume 22.86% less oil
spend 22.61% less money on health care
have 33.8% fewer babies
Hong Kong is a unique meeting place for East and West, blending Chinese heritage, British colonial influences, high-tech modernity and Cantonese gusto. Chinese and English are the official languages. Hong Kong has among the highest population density in the world.
3 important historical events
On September 28, 2014, Hong Kong's pro-democracy group Occupy Central launched a mass civil disobedience campaign calling for greater political freedom from Beijing. Defiant protesters stood their ground outside the city's government headquarters.
On August 29, 1842, the Queen of England and the Emperor of China sign the Treaty of Nanking; the first of a series of so-called 'Unequal Treaties' between East Asian states and western powers. The peace deal ends the first Opium War and cedes Hong Kong Island to Britain.
On June 30, 1997, the British flag is lowered and the Hong Kong and Chinese flags raised at midnight to signal Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty after 156 years of British rule, becoming a Special Administrative Regun (SAR) of China.
Weights and Measures Frauds, Many tourist like to buy Chinese Medicine, marina food products, herbs, etc. in Hong Kong. While you can hardly find fake products some shops rip you off by weight frauds or misrepresentation of actual weights or selling price. This is because most of these products are sold according to how much (usually weight), how can you tell if the shop is giving you the right amount? When you see a listing price of $80, is it $80 per pound? or per tael
Dropped Money, This type of deception usually involves a gang of two, the first swindler will deliberately drop a stack of money right in front of victim. At this juncture, the second swindler appears and picks up the money and suggests to victim to share the money and leads victim to a quiet area nearby. Not long, the first swindler walks back and accuses victim of having picked up his money. Although victim will deny the accusation, the first swindler will request to search victim’s wallet / handbag for their innocence. Meanwhile, the first swindler will stealthily take away victim’s property before both swindlers run away.
Timeshare Scam, Someone come up to you and ask you to a survey, after the survey you got scratch cards and you are so lucky that you’ve just earned a US$1000 tour for free! Well…you won’t believe it can be true, right
Was Hong Kong Colonised?
Subsequently, Hong Kong Island was ceded to Britain in 1842 under the Treaty of Nanking, when the territory became a Crown colony. The Opium War was ostensibly fought to liberalise trade with China.
Describe why your chosen country is different from Australia (eg. religion, dress style, customs and laws).
If Hong Kong were your home instead of Australia you would...
be 45.61% less likely to be unemployed
experience 77.23% more of a class divide
make 22.56% more money
use 34.48% less electricity
be 20.83% less likely to be in prison
be 38.37% less likely to die in infancy
be 18.18% less likely to be murdered
consume 3.08% more oil
live 0.71 years longer
have 23.05% fewer babies