|National motto: Fukoku Kyohei|
|Language:||Japanese, Chinese, others|
|Prime Minister||Ichiro Ozawa|
The Empire of Japan (Kyūjitai: 大日本帝國; Shinjitai: 大日本帝国; pronounced Dai Nippon Teikoku; literally Great Imperial Japan, officially Empire of Greater Japan or Greater Japanese Empire; more widely known simply as the Japanese Empire) is a nation in East Asia. The Empire consists of Japan itself, or the Home Islands, as they are sometimes known, as well as Korea, Manchukuo, Taiwan and the Philippines. While the Empire is constitutionally a monarchy under the direct control of the Emperor, political realities have over the past five decades resulted in considerable autonomy for Imperial possessions outside the Home Islands. Taiwan, the Philippines and to a lesser extent Manchukuo and Korea are now largely self-governing, though Japan retains responsibility for foreign affairs and defence. The legal systems of each Imperial possession differ, in some cases significantly. Similarly, Japanese culture does not dominate outside the Home Islands, despite considerable attempts to change this in the early-to-mid 20th century. Taiwan, the Philippines, Korea and Manchukuo each have distinct and varied cultures of their own.
The Head of State is the Emperor Akihito. Though the Emperor is theoretically and constitutionally the sole wielder of executive power, in recent decades political power has increasingly rested with the Diet, the Japanese parliament, and the appointed Prime Minister. Japanese politics is dominated by two factions - those opposed to greater autonomy for the provincial possessions, and those in favour.