Updated at 2022-03-23
Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan, was born into a political family. He has publicly showcased his calligraphy skills on numerous occasions after taking office, demonstrating his rich cultural upbringing. In the aftermath of the 2018 Hualien Earthquake, Mr. Abe gifted Taiwan a handwritten hanging scroll with the words "Taiwan Jiayou," highlighting the deep friendship between the two countries. Chinese calligraphy spread to Japan as early as the 6th century A.DThe unique Japanese calligraphy style was heavily influenced by Chinese Buddhism and Zen Buddism. Popular scripts in Japan include seal, clerical, cursive, semi-cursive, and regular. This gift is a work created by Mr. Abe.
Flag: The flag of Japan is known as the "Flag of Sun," a red disc centered on a white rectangular banner). The ratio of the flag is 2:3, and the diameter of the red disk is three-fifths of the vertical length, with the center of the red disk aligned with the center of the flag.
National Day: February 11
Area: 377,976 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 125 million
Currency: Japanese Yen
Government: Constitutional monarchy, separation of powers