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Japanese Economic Review

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Notes Below!

How did the economic miracle occur in Japan after WWII? (Japan adapted technology from other countries, highly trained their workers, and produced quality goods)
How does Japan retain their workers? (by treating them as family, businesses have gyms and activities for workers, they sing songs about work, are provided support and good training)

Who are Japan’s trading partners? (US, South Korea, China, Germany...)

JAPANESE CURRENCY IS THE YEN!

Be able to define these economic terms:(Check your handout)

Specialization: Countries specialize in making one particular product such as the Middle East oil production.
Per capita income: Average income per person
Interdependence: Nations depend on one another for goods and resources they do not have in their countries
Gross Domestic Product: Amount of goods and services that a nation produces in a year.
Trade surplus:
Globalization:

Check your answers on Essential Readings on Japan for the following questions:

How does the Japanese government pay for materials from other countries? (by manufacturing and exporting goods to other countries)
Japan’s strong economy is based on MANUFACTURING and TRADE.
Describe the standard of living in Japan. (HIGH INCOMES, SAVINGS AND MATERIAL GOODS OF THE FAMILIES ARE AMOING THE WORLD'S LARGEST)
Describe the mineral resources in Japan and explain the steps Japan must take in order to meet their country’s need for minerals. (TIN, ZINC, LIMESTONE, MANGANESE, COAL, COPPER, LEAD BUT NOT ENOUGH TO MEET NEEDS SO THEY IMPORT OIL, COAL, LEAD AND ALUMINUM) You do not need to name the minerals...just understand there is a shortage so they import.
How has agriculture in Japan changed since 1950? FARMERS USED TO MAKE UP 45% OF WORKERS, NOW THEY REPRESENT ONLY 6%.
Explain how Japan meets its energy needs. (OIL AND COAL ARE IMPORTED, JAPAN BUILT NUCLEAR PLANTS)
Describe the fishing industry in Japan. (SEAFOOD IS THE PROTEIN IN JAPANESE DIETS, AND JAPAN IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FISHING NATIONS IN THE WORLD.)
What are Japan’s most important manufactured goods? (CARS, TRUCKS, SHIPS,ELECTRONICS, COMPUTERS)
Identify some secondary products. (PLASTICS, TEXTILES, STEEL, TIRES, PRECISION INSTRUMENTS, ETC.)
Describe the service industries in Japan. (JAPAN'S WORKERS ARE HIGHLY EDUCATED AND WELL PAID AND WORK AS ENGINEERS, TEACHERS, ACCOUNTANTS, LAWYERS, FINANCIAL ANALYSTS, ETC)
Evaluate the importance of trade in Japan and explain your answer. (TRADE IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE JAPANESE ECONOMY BECAUSE SELLING HIGH QUALITY GOODS ALLOWS JAPAN TO BUY THE RAW MATERIALS IT NEEDS TO RUN ITS BUSINESSES)

posted on: April 10, 2007

Japanese History Review

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The most important tip for studying history is to USE YOUR CORNELL NOTES!! Reflect on these questions...

Who were the first people to inhabit Japan? (The Ainu)
What happened in 300 B.C. that greatly influenced Japan? (rice farming people called the Yayoi came to settle in Japan)
Who were Japan's first powerful rulers and when did they rule? (clan chiefs from the Yamato region around 300 A.D.)


How did the Tokugawa shogunate establish a strong central government?
(through military force and a strict caste system-the feudal system)
Discuss the feudal system in Japan, identifying the hierachy of established. Compare and contrast with the feudal system in Europe.
(Shogun,daimyo, samurai, peasant as opposed to kings,lords, knights, serfs)
What was the motivation behind the Acts of Seclusion?(Japanese were fearful that Christian missionaries would bring western ideas and change the Japanese culture, so they closed their ports for 200 years)
How did Matthew Perry’s entry into Edo Bay change the culture and government of Japan? (He brought a letter from President Millard Fillmore offering trade and friendship. The shoguns accepted his offer, but were soon removed from power and replaced by a young Meiji emperor)
What changes were brought about by the Meiji emperor and his reign?
(Westernization, an industrial revolution,a constitution)
How did the Japanese create an empire in the Pacific? (through militarism and imperialism)
During the period of militarism, what lands did Japan conquer?

What were the reasons for bombing Pearl Harbor?
For the US dropping bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima?

Discuss the Japanese constitution, explaining why it was unique and the new rights it ensured. (It ensured many freedoms including free speech and press, and voting, but it also forever renounced war)

After Japan surrendered, the U.S. occupied Japan for several years. What were the priorities for that occupation?
(To demilitarize and provide support for the new democracy and the new constitution)

Can you organize these chronologically?

_____Modern Japan
_____The Tokugawa Period
_____Pre-history, archeological records only
_____The Occupation of Japan
_____Militarism in Japan
_____The Meiji Period
_____Era of massive borrowings from China

Remember these dates!
________Acts of Seclusion
________Bombing of Pearl Harbor
________Matthew Perry arrives in Japan
________Bombing of Hiroshima
________Bombing of Nagasaki
________Potsdam Proclamation

Remember these people/groups:
Matthew Perry
Hirohito
Tokugawa shogun
Meiji emperors
Millard Fillmore
General McArthur
Harry Truman

Don't forget:
The Russo-Japanese War and Sino-Japanese Wars fought over Korea.
Reasons for and against bombing Hiroshima


posted on: April 10, 2007

ONLINE Games: Asia, Middle East and Africa

Games_jazz2It's such fun to use online games. Try your hand at these geography games for fun! More to follow as I create and locate additional gaming opportunities! THIS IS A GREAT CRCT REVIEW!

The GIA Quia Webpage Games

ALL Africa Games

All Asia Games

Sub-Saharan Africa Geography

Geography Competition: Asia, Middle East, North Africa

Africa Map Puzzle

Trivia Plaza Geography Games

posted on: April 10, 2007

Japanese Government Review

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Read more about the Japanese Government if you'd like....
http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/eindex.html

http://www.sangiin.go.jp/eng/index.htm

Questions to study for the GREAT JAPAN EXAM include...

Name three branches of the Japanese government and explain their function:
Legislative
Judicial
Executive

Explain the role of the emperor.(He is a figurehead with ceremonial duties only)

U.S. legislature is Congress, Great Britain is Parliament and Japan has...(the Diet). The two houses of the Diet are...House of Representatives and House of Councillors.

Who is the current emperor? (Akihito. His father, Hirohito,was the emperor during WWI.)

Japanese government most resembles the governments of (Britain, Germany) and is a constitutional monarchy....has also be described as a parliamentary democracy.

MITI stands for MINISTRY OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INDUSTRY and its function is to help business, by providing financial support and business advice.

posted on: April 10, 2007

Time and Chronology

Time and Chronology is a standard covered on the CRCT. Here's a review!

TIME ZONES:

Read About the History of Time Zones
http://physics.nist.gov/GenInt/Time/world.html

Check out Time Zones in the good old USA
http://www.time.gov/

How the Four US Time Zones Came to Be
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/gilded/jb_gilded_timezone_1.html
Convert Time Zones
http://www.timezoneconverter.com/

Greenwich
http://http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/

International Date Line
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/international_date.html

The Debate over AD, BC, CE, and BCE

CE stands for "Common Era." It is a relatively new term that is experiencing increased usage and is eventually expected to replace AD. The latter is an abbreviation for "Anno Domini" in Latin or "the year of the Lord" in English. The latter refers to the approximate birth year of Yeshua of Nazareth (a.k.a. Jesus Christ). CE and AD have the same and value. 2004 CE = 2004 AD.

BCE stands for "Before the common era." It is eventually expected to replace BC, which means "Before Christ." BC and BCE are also identical in value. Most theologians and religious historians believe that the approximate birth date of Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus) was in the fall, sometime between 7 and 4 BCE, although we have seen estimates as late as 4 CE and as early as the second century BCE.

Try this!
How many years in a DECADE? SCORE? CENTURY? MILLENNIUM?
Can you name FOUR synonyms for a period of time in history? (could be geological history, too!)

posted on: April 10, 2007

Japanese Culture Review

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Discuss Japan's martial arts and recreational activities.
Can you name three martial arts? (Judo, jujitsu, sumo wrestling)
Three traditional arts? (Haiku, tanka, calligraphy,flower arranging, bonsai,tea ceremony)
What sports did Japan adopt from other countries? (Golf and baseball)

How do three religions blend into what is uniquely Japan’s religious beliefs? What are the three religions and what are their beliefs?
Shinto-SPIRITS DWELL IN ALL THINGS IN NATURE
Buddhism-NO DIETY, BUT BELIEF THAT SELFISHNESS CAUSES SUFFERING AND LOVE CAN OVERCOME
Confucianism....ADOPTED FROM CHINA. A PHILOSOPHY.

How did isolationism shape the current culture of Japan? (because they were isolated, they developed a distinct culture and a group oriented identity. They had previously borrowed many ideas from the Chinese...)

How did the ancient Samurai contribute to the culture of Japan?(Their sense of duty, honor and loyalty became second nature to the Japanese)

What makes the Japanese homogeneous?(Hint, it is NOT that they look or dress alike! They share the same language, history, and religion.)

Also know...

Holidays in Japan (SPECIFIC ONES TO REMEMBER FROM YOUR NOTES)

The flag (WHITE WITH A RED SUN-RISING SUN. FROM THE COUNTRY'S JAPANESE NAME "NIPPON", WHICH MEANS "SOURCE OF THE SUN")

posted on: April 10, 2007

Japanese Geography Review

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Read about the geography of Japan at this link.
http://www.isop.ucla.edu/eas/japan/geography/geo1.htm
Use the five themes of geography to explain the cultural and physical geography of Japan. Read below:

LOCATION: How would you describe the RELATIVE LOCATION of Japan? It's an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of China.
PLACE: Japan's climate could be best described as temperate, or having four seasons. Japan is a mountainous country with little farmland. A very famous landmark is Mt.Fuji. Human characteristics of the place that is Japan include a homogenous population.
HUMAN-ENVIRONMENTAL INTERACTION: Japan depends on its natural resources of fish and rice, but has to build terraces and rice paddies because of limited land. Other ways Japan adapts to and modifies the environment includes building the Kansai airport in the water, and constructing homes and buildings to withstand earthquakes.
MOVEMENT: Since Japan is traditional and modern, transporation ranges from people moving swiftly through Japan on a bullet train, or slowly in a wooden rickshaw. Japan is a highly technological society, so ideas move rapidly through computers,cell phones and international business connections. As a major economic power, Japan exports and imports goods with trading partners.
REGION: Japan is located in the region of East Asia.


NAME the four islands of Japan. Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku.
Name four major cities besides Tokyo: Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe, Kyoto, Sapporo.
Japan's highest mountain ranges are the Japanese Alps.
Two types of winds/storms that affect Japan are monsoons and typhoons.

posted on: April 10, 2007

THE GREAT JAPAN EXAM

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It's time to organize your notebooks and put on your thinking caps! THE GREAT JAPAN EXAM is COMING to to the GIA...MONDAY, October 30!
Essential questions and prompts for the test are divided into each section according to standards: History, Culture, Economics, Government, Geography...enjoy!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, students will take the history and geography exam.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 we have a special treat in store!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, students will take the economics, culture and goverment portions of the exam.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2. This is the original date for the Japan book reports, but I will accept them tomorrow with out penalty.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 LAST DAY students can turn in their Japan book reports. This is a one day extension.


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posted on: October 20, 2006

Essential Questions for Japan

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As we study Japan, students will be answering essential questions. Read on to view some of the questions that direct our study of Japan.

Use the five themes of geography to explain the cultural and physical geography of Japan.

How do three religions blend into what is uniquely Japan’s religious beliefs?

How did isolationism shape the current culture of Japan?

How did the ancient Samurai contribute to the culture of Japan?

What are the cultural traits of Japanese make them a distinct group?
What comprises their homogenous nature?

How did the Tokugawa shogunate establish a strong central government?

Discuss the feudal system in Japan, identifying the hierachy of established. Compare and contrast with the feudal system in Europe.

What was the motivation behind the Acts of Seclusion?

How did Matthew Perry’s entry into Edo Bay change the culture and government of Japan?

What changes were brought about by the Meiji emperor and his reign?

How did the Japanese create an empire in the Pacific?

During the period of militarism, what lands did Japan conquer?

What were the reasons for bombing Pearl Harbor? For the US dropping bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima?

After Japan surrendered, the U.S. occupied Japan for several years. What were the priorities for that occupation?

What other steps were taken to ensure Japan would no longer be a threat to America and the world?

Discuss the Japanese constitution, explaining why it was unique and the new rights it ensured.

How did the economic miracle occur in Japan after WWI?

Who are Japan’s trading partners?

Japan's GDP includes what major products?

What is their current trade policy?

What primary documents deepen understanding about …
...Matthew Perry’s visit to Japan?
...President Truman’s decision to bomb Japan?

Discuss Japan's martial arts and recreational activities.

What traditions are uniquely Japanese?

Reflecting on the "cultural encounters" experience,can you identify some broader ideas that explain these Japanese customs?

Discuss the changing roles of women in Japan.

posted on: October 13, 2006

Essential Questions for Physical and Cultural Geography

As you study for your first test in Social Studies, use your "Essential Questions" prompts to review.

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS FOR PHYSICAL AND CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY:

How do the five themes of geography help us understand the regions we study (Define the five themes as you answer your question.)

Imagine the world without longitude and latitude! How does the use of this grid system assist us in everyday life?

How do maps assist us in interpreting information about a country? In your answer, identify five different types of maps:

How do different projections of maps assist us?

What factors influence climate?

What are the components of culture?

What framework is used by cultural geographers to reach conclusions about life in all areas of the world?

What questions can be asked to determine information about a country’s government?

What are the three basic economic questions?


posted on: August 27, 2006

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