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Geography in Japan consists of several of thousands of islands. The sea of Japan separates the Asian continent from the Japanese archipelago.
Only about 11% of the whole area could be farmed. The mountains are volcanic in origin. The area is also prone to earthquakes, which was harmful to people due to structures.
The Japanese wanted to resist invasions from China. Prince Shotoku wanted a centralized system of government, so he sent representatives to China to see how theirs was.
Political power fell into the hands of the Fujiwara Clan. The government steadily lost power and influence since they could not keep taxes from lands.
Soldiers were called samuri, and they followed a strict warrior code called Bushido. Their leader was called a shogun.
The Fujiwara clan influenced Japan. They held most power in Japan.
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