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a group or chain of islands


Japanese term used for a huge sea wave caused by an undersea earthquake


in Asia, seasonal wind that brings warm, moist air from oceans in summer and cold, dry air from inland in the winter


a violent tropical storm that forms in the Pacific Ocean, usually in late summer


an area's original inhabitants


of the same or similar kind or nature


a ruling house or continuing family of rulers, especially in China


in medieval Japan, a class of professional soliders who lived by a strict code of personal honor and loyalty to a noble


a pictorial character or symbol that represents a specific meaning or idea


an ancient practice that involves inserting fine needles into the body at specific points in order to cure disease and ease pain


form of Japanese potery originally consisting of 17 syllables and three lines often about nature


a style of architecture most often found in traditional East Asian buildings, marked by gracefully curved tile roofs in the tower style

Command System

economy is controlled by the government


a collective farming community whose members share work and product

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Group (APEC)

a trade group, whose members are Japan, China, South Korea, and Taiwan, that ensures that trade among the member countries is efficient and fair


a citizen who speaks out against government policies

economic sanctions

trade restrictions

World Trade Organization

an international body that oversees trade agreements and settles trade disputes among countries


process in which arable land is turned into desert

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