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The kanji, or Sino-Japanese characters, that make up Japan's name mean "sun origin", and it is often called the "Land of the Rising Sun".
Japan is a stratovolcanic archipelago consisting of about 6,852 islands.
After nearly two decades of internal conflict and insurrection, the Imperial Court regained its political power in 1868 through the help of several clans from Chōshū and Satsuma—and the Empire of Japan was established.
Countries like Japan whose long form does not contain a descriptive designation are generally given a name appended by the character koku A Paleolithic culture around 30,000 BC constitutes the first known habitation of the Japanese archipelago.
This was followed from around 14,000 BC (the start of the Jōmon period) by a Mesolithic to Neolithic semi-sedentary hunter-gatherer culture characterized by pit dwelling and rudimentary agriculture, Decorated clay vessels from this period are some of the oldest surviving examples of pottery in the world.
The message said: "Here, I, the emperor of the country where the sun rises, send a letter to the emperor of the country where the sun sets. Another form Wei (委) was used for an early state in Japan called Nakoku during the Han dynasty.
The English word Japan possibly derives from the historical Chinese pronunciation of 日本.
This name may have its origin in a letter sent in 607 and recorded in the official history of the Sui dynasty.