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I live in Japan, but barely speak Japanese.
Mar 8, 2011 3:18:14 AM
Wow. I can only describe this article in 1 word: tl;dr.
The history of Japan encompasses the history of the islands of Japan and the Japanese people , spanning the ancient history of the region to the modern history of Japan as a nation state. Following the last ice age , around 12,000 BC, the rich ecosystem of the Japanese archipelago fostered human development. The earliest-known pottery found in Japan belongs to the Jōmon period .