Japan i/dʒəˈpæn/ (Japanese: 日本 Nippon or Nihon; formally 日本国 Nippon-koku or Nihon-koku, literally “[the] State of Japan”) is an island nation 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. Thecharacters that make up Japan’s name mean “sun-origin”, which is why Japan is sometimes referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun“.
Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands. 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, with over 126 million people. Honshū’s Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is thelargest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents.
AIESEC History: AIESEC was firstly introduced to Japan by two American students, Heinz and Page, in 1960. Two years later, AAI Executive Envoy, Bernd M. Thomas visited again to work with Japanese student representatives, professors and industry leaders to start up AIESEC for the first time in Asia. With his leadership, AIESEC in Japan was officially established on July 31, 1962, with four founding LCs, University of Tokyo, Hitotsubashi University, Keio University and Waseda University. The founding NCP is Masato Kaneko followed by Yoshiki Okamoto (2nd NCP) and Takatoyo Yasui (3rd NCP). In the past 50 years of history, more than 4,000 Japanese students experienced traineeships abroad and more than 3,000 overseas students experienced traineeships in Japan. Currently, approximately 2,000 AIESECers present in 26 LCs.
AIESEC Alumni Japan Association: The Alumni Association was established in April 1983 under the leadership of Yoshiki Okamoto. The Alumni Association is still not legally incorporated, but has implemented various activities for the members of more than 8,500 in the last 30 years. Some of notable activities are the monthly alumni gathering (held in Tokyo on every first Thursday of the month and in Osaka on every second Thursday of the month for more than 15 years without missing any month since started), the golf outing (held twice a year for more than 30 years without missing any year since started), and the 50th Anniversary of AIESEC in Japan (where more than 350 alumni joined 300 AIESECers on July 7, 2012).