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Japan is an island country in East Asia. It is located in the Pacific Ocean it lies to the east of China, Korea, and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea in the south. Its capital and largest city is Tokyo. It has the world's 10th largest population. It is world's largest international creditor and is the sixth largest exporter and importer and is a member of the United Nations. And it is a leading nation in the fields of scientific research, technology, machinery, and medical research with the world's third largest budget for research and development.
 
Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan. It is located on the south-western coast of Kyushu, the southernmost of the four main Japanese islands. It was a center of European influence in medieval Japan from first contact through the isolationist era until the opening of Japan and the resultant modernization of Japan during the Meiji Restoration. It became a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War and eventually was the second city on which an atomic bomb was dropped by the United States during World War II.
 
Founded before 1500, Nagasaki was originally secluded by harbors. It enjoyed little historical significance until contact with European explorers in 1542, when a Portuguese ship accidentally landed nearby, somewhere in Kagoshima prefecture. The Spanish Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier arrived in another part of the territory in 1549, but left for China in 1551 and died soon afterwards. His followers who remained behind converted a number of daimyo.
 
The city of Nagasaki has a history of engaging foreign cultures, and today there remains much evidence of the cultures of various countries that have touched the city and given it a richly cosmopolitan atmosphere. However, Nagasaki is committed to remembering its history, particularly the regrettable suppression of Christianity under the ban on religion and the terrible tragedy of the atomic bomb. The highlights of Nagasaki include its beautiful seaside scenery, its lands surrounded by ocean, and the nighttime views offered from its mountain slopes.

It is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in Japan worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of Japan.

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