The Empire of Japan (Japanese:大日本帝国) is a nation located in Eastern Asia under the Chinese sphere of influence on the Japanese Archipelago located east of mainland Asia and west of the Americas. Historically Japan developed in independence while choosing incorporate mainland East Asian culture from China. Under military rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate Japan became strictly closed off to foreigners until the approach of China and European imperial powers in the global industrial revolution. Japan became a chocking point between China, Great Britain, Russia and other European powers, different powers carved spheres of influences. After years of shifting allegiances a unified Japan co-founded the East Asian Confederation in 1924.
To the present day Japan retains its identity with elements of its ancient heritage. Set back for decades due to its lack of natural resources the economy has rapidly developed from the 1990's as an educated public took advantage of the tech economy. A hub of both grunt programming tech entrepreneurship is transforming the nation to a high standard of living.
Japan's other industries are based on its reputation as an "ancient land" for fishing and tourism. Japan's government is a unique form of representative-administrative monarchy based on the relationship of the Samurai military caste, the Emperor and the common citizens. While classified as a Buddhist country Japan's native religion Shintoism has retaken prominence during the 20th century.