of the bank, the President has always been Japanese. The current President is Haruhiko Kuroda, who succeeded Tadao Chino in 2005. Criticism Since the ADB's early days, critics have charged that the two major donors, Japan and the United States, have had extensive influence over lending, policy and staffing decisions.
''' is a Japanese-based punk rock New Wave (New Wave music) band. Species of the genus include the orchard mason bee, ''Osmia lignaria'', the blueberry bee, ''O. ribifloris (Osmia ribifloris)'', and the hornfaced bee, ''O. cornifrons (Osmia cornifrons)''. The former two are native to the Americas and the latter to Japan, although ''O. lignaria'' and ''O. cornifrons'' have been moved from their native ranges for commercial purposes. The Red mason bee, ''Osmia rufa'', is found across the European continent. There are over 300 species across the Northern Hemisphere, and more than 130 species of mason bees in North America; most occur in the temperate regions, and are active from spring through late summer. The latest two generations of the Lexus LX have featured a V8 engine powertrain, a welded steel unibody shell combined with a full-size steel ladder frame (body on frame construction), and the capacity to seat eight passengers (LX 470 and LX 570). The first generation LX 450, classified as a mid-size SUV, featured an inline-6 engine and capacity for seven passengers. The second generation LX 470 shared exterior styling with the Toyota Land Cruiser Cygnus, sold in Japan. The LX ranks as Lexus' largest and most expensive luxury sport utility vehicle, sized above the GX (Lexus GX) and RX (Lexus RX) series of SUVs. It was Lexus' most expensive offering until the LS 600h (Lexus LS (XF40)). __TOC__ '''Zoom''' is a Japanese audio company that is distributed in the U.S. under the Samson (Samson Technologies) family of companies, in the UK by Zoom UK Distribution Limited, and in Germany by Sound Service GmBH. Zoom produces effects pedals for guitars and basses, recording equipment, and drum machines. The company has become known for producing inexpensive multi-effects and is building its products around its own microchip designs. '''''Power Rangers Mystic Force''''' (often abbreviated as ''PRMF'' and simply called ''Mystic Force'') is an American (United States) television series, and is part of the ''Power Rangers'' franchise. As with all ''Power Rangers'' series, the show is adapted from a series in the long-running Japanese tokusatsu franchise, ''Super Sentai''. ''Mystic Force'' is adapted from the 29th series of ''Mahou Sentai Magiranger''. zh:日本 Commons:Category:Japan Wikipedia:Japan Dmoz:Regional Asia Japan
forces. * 1942 – World War II: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby Fort Stevens (Fort Stevens (Oregon)) in one of only a handful of attacks by the Japanese against the United States mainland (Attacks on North America during World War II). *1948 – Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album (LP album) in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, New York (New York City). *1554 – Founding of São Paulo (São Paulo (city)) city, Brazil. *1573 – Battle of Mikatagahara, in Japan; Takeda Shingen defeats Tokugawa Ieyasu. *1575 – Luanda, the capital of Angola is founded by the Portuguese navigator Paulo Dias de Novais. *1940 – Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta. *1950 – The Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, Japan burns down (arson). *1962 – The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas. *1996 – Dolly the sheep (Dolly (sheep)) becomes the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. *1998 – Japan launches a probe to Mars, and thus joins the United States and Russia as a space (outer space) exploring nation. *1999 – Wolverhampton, England is hit by storms which include a tornado. The area is hit again with severe storms on August 1. *1941 – World War II: Allies (Allies of World War II) invade (Syria-Lebanon Campaign) Syria and Lebanon. *1942 – World War II: Japanese imperial submarines I-21 (Japanese submarine I-21) and I-24 shell the Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle (Newcastle, New South Wales). *1948 – Milton Berle hosts the debut of ''Texaco Star Theater.'' *1937 – End of the Battle of Brunete in the Spanish Civil War. *1941 – World War II: in response to the Japanese occupation of French Indo-China, US President (President of the United States) Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the seizure of all Japanese assets in the United States. *1944 – World War II: the Soviet army enters Lviv, a major city in western Ukraine, liberating it from the Nazis. Only 300 Jews (Jewish) survive out of 160,000 living in Lviv prior to occupation. *1940 – The animated short ''A Wild Hare'' is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny. *1941 – Japanese troops occupy French Indo-China. *1942 – World War II: Allied (Allies of World War II) forces successfully halt (First Battle of El Alamein) the final Axis (Axis Powers) advance into Egypt. *1961 – 1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash: A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost. *1972 – Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II. *1977 – Massacre of Atocha (1977 Massacre of Atocha) in Madrid, during the Spanish transition to democracy. *1986 – Voyager 2 passes within zh:日本 Commons:Category:Japan Wikipedia:Japan Dmoz:Regional Asia Japan
messenger and spy, his small size allowing him to go places that his larger commanders cannot. He is highly fuel efficient, has great visual acuity, is particularly adaptable to undersea environments and transforms into a Volkswagen Beetle. He was later reconstructed into a stronger, more mature form as Goldbug. The original and largest operator of the F-15 is the United States Air Force, but it is also operated by the air forces of Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia and soon South Korea too. '''Aniva Bay''' (Zaliv Aniva, Aniwa Bay, or Aniva Gulf) is located at the southern end of Sakhalin Island (Sakhalin), Russia, north of the island of Hokkaidō, Japan. The largest city on the bay is Korsakov (Korsakov, Sakhalin). thumb right Old-style traditional kendama not for competition use. (Image:Kendama.jpg) A zh:日本 Commons:Category:Japan Wikipedia:Japan Dmoz:Regional Asia Japan
Breweries Ltd. of Tokyo whereby Sapporo began distributing Stroh's beer nationwide in Japan. By 1995, exports comprised more than 10 percent of overall Stroh sales. Biography Miyabe was born in the Kōtō ward (Koto, Tokyo) of Tokyo, Japan and graduated from Sumidagawa (Sumida River) High School. She started writing novels at the age of 23. In 1984, while working at a law office, Miyabe began to take writing classes at a writing school run by the Kodansha publishing company. Her debut work is considered to be her 1987 short story "Warera ga rinjin no hanzai" (我らが隣人の犯罪). She has been a prolific writer, publishing dozens of novels and winning many major literary prizes, including the Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize in 1993 for ''Kasha (All She Was Worth)'' and the Naoki Prize in 1998 for ''Riyū'' The Reason (理由). A Japanese film adaptation of ''Riyû'', directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, was released in 2004 (reviewed by Mark Schilling in ''The Japan Times'' (5 January 2005)). Arabesque became extremely popular in Japan, and also had a great deal of success in the USSR (Soviet Union). In 1980, the single "Take Me Don't Break Me" became a hit, which only scraped the German Top 40. Their next single, "Marigot Bay", would become their only Top Ten hit a few weeks later. Their last singles "Ecstasy" and "Time to Say Goodbye", became hits only after their split, in various European countries, as they sounded very close to the Italo-disco sound, a very popular music genre on the European dance scene at that time. Those songs spread and gained success through LP compilations of dance pop music, and bootleg tapes, so, the band could never take advantage of this success, as neither those songs could properly appear on any music charts as "singles" anyway. (That was a common problem for many '80s European dance artists.) These last Arabesque singles also introduced the "Italo-disco" sound to Japan, under the term "eurobeat", previously used in the UK (United Kingdom) for the Stock Aitken Waterman productions. That soon lead to Japan's Super Eurobeat music style. His better-known songs include "How the Time Flies" (1958), "Primrose Lane" (1959, written (songwriter) by Wayne Shanklin), "Shutters And Boards" (1963, written by American Movie actor Audie Murphy and Canadian song producer Scott Turner), "In The Misty Moonlight" (1964) and zh:日本 Commons:Category:Japan Wikipedia:Japan Dmoz:Regional Asia Japan
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of English part song popular between 1650 and 1900, the glee (Glee (music)). Born in Okayama, Japan, Yoshimi joined her first band, U.F.O. or Die, with Yamatsuka Eye in 1986. Since 1997, she led the all-female (List of all-women bands) band OOIOO and continues to contribute to the current incarnation of Boredoms. '''Saburo Ishikura''' (石倉 三郎 ''Ishikura Saburō'', born December 16, 1946 in Kagawa, Japan) is a Japanese actor that has acted in several movies
, Japan. It is on the northern shore of Lake Biwa and that was the origin of the town's name. Chikubu Island was under the administration of Biwa. thumb Location of Kinomoto in Shiga prefecture (Image:Kinomoto in Shiga Prefecture.png) was a town (towns of Japan) located in Ika District (Ika District, Shiga), Shiga (Shiga Prefecture), Japan. It was the center of the district. In Sengoku period, Battle of Shizugatake broke out
-outs (see below). Similarly, Japan's J. League used shoot-outs after drawn games to determine a winner when that league began. These have also since been abandoned. He has also been involved in music productions, being the stage director for the critically acclaimed Secret World Tour by Peter Gabriel in 1993-1994, and the subsequent Growing Up tour in 2003-2004. He proved to be as gifted in opera as in theatre, staging ''Bluebeard's Castle'' and ''Erwartung'' at the Canadian Opera Company, ''The Damnation of Faust'' in Japan and Paris, and Lorin Maazel's ''1984 (1984 (opera))'' at Covent Garden's Royal Opera House in London in 2005. Finally, Cirque du Soleil asked him to create the permanent Las Vegas show named ''Kà'' at the MGM Grand (MGM Grand Las Vegas) in 2005. '''''Sinsation''''' is an album by PIG (PIG (band)) released in Japan in 1995 (1995 in music). It was later released in the United States on Nothing Records on September 17, 1996. A music video for the song 'Painiac (Nothing Touches Me)' was filmed and scarcely aired on MTV in 1996; making its final broadcast in 2000 on MTV2's A-Z video marathon. ''Bordelon'' was laid down by the Consolidated Steel Corporation at Orange, Texas on 9 September 1944, launched (Ship naming and launching) on 3 March 1945 by Mrs. W. J. Bordelon, the mother of Staff Sergeant Bordelon and commissioned (ship commissioning) on 5 June 1945. ''Bordelon'' operated as a part of the occupation force in Japan until March 1946 then alternated operations along the east coast and in the Caribbean with the 2nd Fleet (U.S. 2nd Fleet) with deployments to the Mediterranean with the 6th Fleet (U.S. 6th Fleet). 1945–1949 Following shakedown, ''Newman K. Perry'' served briefly with the Atlantic Fleet (United States Fleet Forces Command). On 7 November 1945, she got underway for Pearl Harbor, whence she sailed to Japan for three month's occupation duty. She returned to Pearl Harbor on 28 March 1946 and was assigned to Joint Task Force 1 for "Operation Crossroads", the 1946 atomic bomb test series at Bikini (Bikini Atoll). Sailing for the Marshall Islands on 27 May, she witnessed tests "Able" and "Baker" and, in August, steamed for the United States. Garrett has performed across the world, in countries throughout Europe, and also the United States, Australia, Russia, Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea. She has also sung opera and pop classics with Bryan Ferry, The Eurythmics and Mick Hucknall to celebrate the arrival of the new century on Millennium Eve, in the grounds at the Royal Observatory (Royal Observatory, Greenwich) and National Maritime Museum. Lesley Garrett on Classic FM World War II left thumb The United States Navy (File:New Mexico class battleship bombarding Okinawa.jpg) battleship zh:日本 Commons:Category:Japan Wikipedia:Japan Dmoz:Regional Asia Japan
Collection '' in 2000. The Saturn was succeeded by the Dreamcast, released in 1998. *The German progressive (progressive metal) thrash metal band Mekong Delta (Mekong Delta (band)) performed the metal version of the poem on their album ''Dances of Death (and other Walking Shadows)'' in 1990, it also appears in its entirety on their live album ''Live at an Excibition'' (1991) and the compilation ''Classics'' (1993). *Stokowski's ''Fantasia'' version was adapted by Yoko Shimomura for use in the video game ''Kingdom Hearts'', in which Chernabog appears as a boss. A version of it also appeared on the Japanese rerelease of ''Kingdom Hearts'', titled ''Kingdom Hearts Final Mix''. The track plays as the player fights Chernabog from Walt Disney's movie ''Fantasia 1942 (Fantasia (film))'' at End of the World. A slightly longer version than the one used in Kingdom Hearts would later appear in ''Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance'' for another boss fight against Chernabog, this time in the Symphony of Sorcery world based on the original Fantasia. *In Disneyland (Disneyland Park (Anaheim))'s show, ''Fantasmic!'', excerpts from the song are used during a segment using footage from the ''Night on Bald Mountain'' segment of ''Fantasia''. thumb left 150px Stele from Balhae at the National Museum of Korea (Image:Pressapochista4.jpg). Traditionally, historians believed that ethnic conflicts between the ruling Koreans and underclass Mohe weakened the state. Lee Ki-baik. "''The Society and Culture of Parhae.''" The New History of Korea, page 88-89. Harvard University Press, 1984. Recent study suggests that the downfall of Balhae is largely due to the catastrophic eruption in the 10th century of Baekdu Mountain located at the center of Balhae territory. Baekdu mountain still has one of the biggest volcanic calderas in the world, Heaven Lake. Ashes of this eruption can still be found in a large area, even in a sedimentary layer in northern Japan. This massive explosion created tremendous amounts of volcanic ash, damaging agriculture and even societal integrity. The Khitans took advantage of this natural disaster. zh:日本 Commons:Category:Japan Wikipedia:Japan Dmoz:Regional Asia Japan
'''Japan''' or '''''Nihon-koku''''', literally " the State of Japan") is an island nation (island country) in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The characters (Kanji) that make up Japan's name (Names of Japan) mean "sun-origin", which is why Japan is often referred to as the "Land of the Rising Sun".
Japan is a stratovolcanic (Stratovolcano) archipelago of 6,852 islands (List of islands of Japan). The four largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which together comprise about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area. Japan has the world's tenth-largest population (List of countries by population), with over 126 million people. Honshū's Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the ''de facto'' capital (Capital of Japan) of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures (Prefectures of Japan), is the largest metropolitan area (World's largest cities) in the world, with over 30 million residents.
Archaeological research indicates that people lived in Japan as early as the Upper Paleolithic period. The first written mention of Japan is in Chinese history (History of China) texts from the 1st century AD. Influence from other regions, mainly China, followed by periods of isolation, later from Western European influence, has characterized Japan's history (History of Japan). From the 12th century until 1868, Japan was ruled by successive feudal military shoguns in the name of the Emperor. Japan entered into a long period of isolation in the early 17th century, which was only ended in 1853 when a United States fleet pressured Japan to open to the West. Nearly two decades of internal conflict and insurrection followed before the Meiji Emperor (Emperor Meiji) was restored as head of state in 1868 and the Empire of Japan was proclaimed, with the Emperor as a divine symbol of the nation. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, victories in the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War and World War I allowed Japan to expand its empire during a period of increasing militarism. The Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937 expanded into part of World War II in 1941, which came to an end in 1945 following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since adopting its revised constitution (Constitution of Japan) in 1947, Japan has maintained a unitary constitutional monarchy with an emperor (Emperor of Japan) and an elected legislature called the Diet (Diet of Japan).
A major economic power (Economic power),