Japan Case Study Essay

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The following report is an examination of the Far East Asian country of Japan. This report includes a look at the past, present, and future of Japan’s economic stance, cultural values, and business opportunities. Our group examined the relations between the Georgia-based insurance company AFLAC, and their Japanese counterparts. This report explains AFLAC’s strategic motives and successes they have found in doing business in Japan. It also identifies some of the weakness and threats that are in the near future if current practices are not altered. With over 70% of the revenue coming from the Japanese market, AFLAC should be concerned with any changes in economic forecasting for the country as it
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Its nearest neighbors are Korea, China and Russia. Japan’s placement on the globe and its length contribute to a variety of climates in different regions. Japan’s climate varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north. About 75% of the Japanese land mass is mostly rugged and mountainous, while 87% of the country's surface is covered with forests. Japan's mountainous topography limits the total area available for both agriculture and housing. On the arable land (11.64%), the population density is among the highest in the world. Most people are concentrated on the flat land along the coast (About 80 million of the urban population is heavily concentrated on the Pacific shore of Honshu and in northern Kyushu). The Japanese islands are criss-crossed by short, swift rivers. Seas were once the major means of transportation, but modern Japan has superb internal systems, including railway lines, subway systems, enormous bridges and tunnels to connect this island nation. Japan, which lies in a zone of extreme crustal instability is home to 10% of the world's active volcanoes. As many as 1,500 earthquakes are recorded yearly, minor tremors occur almost daily in one part of the country or another, causing slight shaking of buildings. Because Japan is completely surrounded by water and has many volcanoes, it is prone to natural disasters. Undersea earthquakes also expose the

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