There are 2 definitions of Japan in English:

Japan

Syllabification: Ja·pan
Pronunciation: /jəˈpan
 
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  • A country in eastern Asia that occupies a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean roughly parallel with the eastern coast of the Asiatic mainland; population 127,078,700 (est. 2009); capital, Tokyo; official language, Japanese. Japanese name Nippon.

From the late 19th century Japan began a modernizing process that eventually made it into a major world power. It fought wars against China 1894–95 and Russia 1904–05, and after World War I occupied Manchuria 1931 and invaded China 1937. Japan entered World War II on the Axis side with a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The country surrendered in 1945 after the US dropped the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan is now a highly industrialized country and the leading economic power in the region

Origin

rendering of Chinese Riben.

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There are 2 definitions of Japan in English:

japan

Syllabification: ja·pan
Pronunciation: /jəˈpan
 
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noun

  • 1A hard, dark, enamellike varnish containing asphalt, used to give a black gloss to metal objects.
  • 1.1A kind of varnish in which pigments are ground, typically used to imitate lacquer on wood.
  • 1.2Articles made in a Japanese style, especially when decorated with lacquer or enamellike varnish.

verb (japans, japanning, japanned)

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  • Cover (something) with a hard black varnish: (as adjective japanned) a japanned tin tray
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    • This black varnish was applied presumably as an element of mourning, or, as Edwards suggested, either to match japanned furniture in the room or in reaction to the blackening of the silvering by tarnishing.
    • Hepplewhite is most associated with pierced and shield-back chairs often with wheels, lyres, or Prince of Wales feathers, and painted or japanned work of gold on black.
    • The red, black, and gold tones suggest lacquered or japanned decoration.

Origin

late 17th century: from Japan.

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