The Empire of Japan (officially Great Japan, Empire of Greater Japan or Great Japanese Empire; more widely known as Imperial Japan or the Japanese Empire) is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, the Chinese nations, Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. It has existed since the Meiji Restoration in 1868 to the present day.
The country's rapid industrialization and militarization under the slogan Fukoku Kyōhei ("Enrich the Country, Strengthen the Army"), led to its emergence as a world power despite its territorial size. It is one of the most technologically advanced nations on the planet and the leader of the Pan-Asian League.