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English definition of “Japan”


noun     /dʒəˈpæn/
a country consisting of a group of islands near the east coast of AsiaCountry namesCountry and nationContinents and regions of the world
Japanese     /ˌdʒæpəˈniːz/ adjective coming from or relating to JapanNationalities Japanese noun (plural Japanese) someone from JapanNationalities
(Definition of Japan noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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