Japan (GPS: 36 00 N, 138 00 E) located in Eastern Asia, an island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula. The country’s area measurements are total: 377,915 sq km; land: 364,485 sq km, water: 13,430 sq km. This sovereign state is slightly smaller than California. The total irrigated land is 24,690 sq km (2012).
One of the essential features of Japan: Strategic location in northeast Asia. They are composed of four main islands – from the north: Hokkaido, Honshu (the largest and most populous), Shikoku, and Kyushu (the “Home Islands”) – and 6,848 smaller islands and islets. Japan annually records the most earthquakes in the world. It is one of the countries along the Ring of Fire, a belt of active volcanoes and earthquake epicenters bordering the Pacific Ocean. Up to 90% of the world’s earthquakes and some 75% of the world’s volcanoes occur within the Ring of Fire.