These worksheets provide excellent reading passage and learning materials on the country of Japan.

Japan is country in located in Asia. It's nearest mainland neighbor is Korea and it is also near Russia and China. There are four main islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Skikoku). The meaning of the name of this country is the start of the sun (not in so many words, actually less words). I still can't believe that this country is made up of just fewer than seven thousand islands. It's home to the world's tenth largest population, based on the last count. It's also amazing the sheer volume of acid rain produced by this country mainly due to its dependency on nuclear power. Known as the Silicon Valley of Asia, Japan's most famous and influential companies are revolved around tech. Although they are also home to the largest producer of cars (Toyota) in the world. The terrain is very mountainous almost eighty percent of the land is in the form of a mountain. Geologically the country is located on three well known tectonic plates. As these plates shift and rub against one another earthquakes form and are quite common for the region. As a culture the Japanese people value healthy habits and education which makes their citizens have some the higher life expectancies in the world. Japan is home to the longest standing monarchy form of government in the world. The Japanese language is really unique in that there are no singular or plural forms of words. There are also no articles or gender forms used in the Japanese language.

These worksheets will help serve many different purposes. We have reading passage that will explore many different aspects of the culture, terrain, attractions, and people of Japan. You will find maps that can better help students understand the geography of the country and its relative size to our country. Each reading passage is accompanied by a set of question to help make sure you have comprehended what you have read. In addition to a number of wonderful reading passages you will find information on the geography and culture in modern and ancient times of Japan.

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Japan at a Glance Reading Passage

Japan is an Asian country but instead of being located on the mainland of Asia, it is made up of four main islands and thousands of smaller ones. These islands are east of the Asian continent in the North Pacific Ocean halfway around the world from the Pacific Ocean shore of Washington State, Oregon and California.

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Multiple Choice Questions

The physical size and shape of Japan is similar to which U.S. state?

Short Answer Questions

Compare the metropolitan population of Tokyo and New York City as a ratio. Explain how to interpret the ratio.

Japan (In Color)

A full color map that can help you label major cities.

Relative Size of Japan

We show you how this country fits in the body of the United States.

Japan Blank Map

Great for labelling important geographically features.

Labelled Map

A contour map with a label of all major cities.

Regions and Prefectures of Japan

There are several regions and 47 prefectures.

The Far East and East Indies

We get a little more into the geography of the region.

Regions of Japan

All the colored in regions which is great when presenting.

5th Century Japan

A look at what occurred during the fifth century.

Climate and Weather in Japan Reading Passage

here are many famous islands in the South Pacific Ocean, like Tahiti and the Hawaiian Islands, which are famous for their warm, sunny tropical climate. Japan is not located in the South Pacific but in the North Pacific Ocean, making the country far from the tropics.

Multiple Choice Questions

The weather in northern Japan is similar to which state in the United States?

Short Answer Questions

Humid weather is the same as using the term high humidity. What is humidity? If you don't know, look up the answer in a dictionary.

Plants and Animals of Japan

Like the United States, this country has different climate zones because it is over 2,000 miles long from north to south. With many climate zones, there are a wide variety of plant and animal species that are specialized to grow and live in each climate zone.

Multiple Choice Questions

The tree that is associated the most with Japanese heritage is the is the ____________________.

Short Answer Questions

Find pictures of the Japanese crane, also called the red-crowned crane, in Japanese artwork. Japanese artwork of this type has a unique style. Paint your own crane picture using the Japanese style.

The Economy of Japan

It is an important county in the world economy. The United States is number one in the world economy. Even though China is producing many goods that are exported to the U.S., this is the second largest economy in the world and China is third.

Multiple Choice Questions

The country of Japan's economy is ranks where in the world?

Short Answer Questions

Japanese automakers that have manufacturing locations in the United States include Toyota, Honda and Subaru. Find locations in the U.S. where some of these automotive plants are located.

Japanese Government Passage

Japan was ruled by an emperor until the middle of the Twentieth Century. Legend says that the first emperor was Emperor Jimmu who was born in the year 711 BCE. The emperor was considered to be a living god even if he did not rule.

Multiple Choice Questions

What division of Japanese government is like a state in the United States?

Henry Hudson Short Answer Questions

Do some research and make a list of countries that are ruled by a prime minister.

The Japanese Flag

The copy of the flag.

Japanese History

Japan as a society dates back to around 500 BCE to the time of the first emperor, Emperor Jimmu. Historians know that the country of Japan formed in the Eighth Century when the ruling family set up a government structure like that found in ancient China.

Multiple Choice Questions

When Japan adopted a constitution it was based on the constitution of what country.

Short Answer Questions

Samurai warriors are popular in American culture. List some places where you find references to samurai warriors in American culture.

What is school like in Japan?

Japanese children stay at home or go to daycare when they are little. Before starting school kids are taught by their mothers to learn manners, social skills and basics like counting. The kids watch educational TV shows.

Multiple Choice Questions

The school year starts in April and the school day begins around 8 o'clock in the morning. Elementary students attend class in their grade with one teacher for the day.

Short Answer Questions

Many Japanese schools require students to wear school uniforms. School districts in the United States are talking about having students wear uniforms. Do you think school uniforms are a good idea?

Japanese Science and Technology

Japan is the second largest economy in the world and can afford to support science and technology at the national level. The Japanese government runs the Japan Science and Technology Agency.

Multiple Choice Questions

To promote national goals the Japanese educational system what do they do?

Short Answer Questions

How does the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology cooperate with the Japan Science and Technology Agency?

Japanese and American Cultures

Japan is an Asian country that is located halfway around the world. In the 1800s and early 1900s when Japan was isolated from the world, it may have seemed to Americans to be a strange and mysterious place. Before our modern age of advanced communications, these ideas were believable.

Multiple Choice Questions

Children learn manners and etiquette from an early age. Since the group is important in Japanese society, there are rules for interacting properly in groups.

Short Answer Questions

Why do you think that only six percent of students in Japan drop out of high school compared to about fifteen percent in the United States?

Major Japanese Cities

Japan has a population of 127 million people and nearly eighty percent of them live in cities. Japan has eleven cities with a population of more than one million. Almost half the population lives in the top 100 cities in Japan.

Multiple Choice Questions

Tokyo is 400 years old and contains many old relics and reminders of the past. Yet at the same time it is a completely modern city filled with expensive shopping, high-tech neon signs and streets filled with people and skyscrapers filled with offices.

Short Answer Questions

Tokyo was damaged by earthquakes in 1703, 1782, 1812, 1855 and 1923. What is the average number of years between earthquakes? When would you predict that another earthquake could happen?