Japan in East Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean – June 16th, 201039.0N 140.6E
Japan is an island country in East Asia, western Pacific Ocean. Its four main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. It is separated from the Asian mainland by the Sea of Japan (East Sea).
Japan has an area of 145,920 sq mi (377,930 sq km) and a population (2009 est.) of about 127,556,000. The capital is Tokyo. Situated in one of Earth’s most geologically active zones, Japan experiences volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Mountain ranges cover some four-fifths of its land surface; its highest mountain is Mount Fuji.