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Japan (日本), officially the State of Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea. It's capital and largest city is Tokyo.

Ancient History

At 10,000 BCE a society called Yamatai existed that had many elements similar to Japanese culture. Yamatai seems to have been part of the remains of sunken Lemuria, per Pictish accounts. Conan, early in his youth, encounters a blind warrior from Yamatai. In an adventure involving shards of the Talisman of Tolometh (Tolometh had connections to Poseidonis), the blind warrior from Yamatai, Shimata-Kawa, died. Conan later faced Nojingo, the witch-queenline of Yamatai. Yamatai was an east of Khitai with a sacred volcano (perhaps Mount Fuji). Conan met Yuki-Onna and her armored woman warriors, in a stronghold in a volcano. Nojingo's father was Tawaraline Sho. Nojingo summoned the wind demon Vuu-shiin. Tawaraline Sho awakened Yuro-Jiin, the huge tortoise on whose broad back all of Yamatai was said to rest.

In undefined ancient times (but presumably post-Hyborian), the exiled god Susa-No-O-Izumo, defeated the eight-forked serpent of Koshi. He found a perfect sword in the belly of the dragon. He took this sword to Amaterasu. This sword eventually acquired the name of Kusanagi-No-Tsurugi.

Circa 81-110 CE Prince Yamato Take uses Susano's sword, the Kusanagi-No-Tsurugi.

Circa 1000 CE, Izanagi, a Japanese god, attends a gathering of the gods of Earth that discusses the threat of the Celestials.

Circa 1281 a storm saves Japan from a Mongol fleet. These winds gain the name "Kamikaze".

During the Japanese Feudal period Gilgamesh, the Eternal Warrior was reincarnated as a Japanese samurai. He is called upon to slay a woman named Akima who was killed and turned into a demonic creature. Freeing her soul, Gilgamesh returns to the sleep of death. Ho-Ti, the Japanese god, has a misadventure during this general period. Black Axe worked in the time of feudal Japan's daimyo. He observed as Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa united Japan.

In 1582 the dragon the Wani attacks humans for the O-Wata-Tsu-Mi, but a Japanese warrior stops him.

1615 saw Albert and Gracie Destine prevent a coup against the Tokugawa shoguns.

In 1834 a Russian and Japanese group of explorers discovered a massive crude oil deposit in Alaska. They made a map to the crude oil deposit, but the explorers died while trying to make the trip back. In 1882, a group of Russian merchant sailors discovered that a group of Inuits had found the map to the oil deposit. The Emperor Mutsuhito of Japan was informed as to the map's discovery.

In 1854, Commodore Matthew Perry forced the opening of Japan to the whole world.

1885 saw Mutsuhito dispatch samurai such as Hijiro Noguri and Shintaro Aiichi as part of a plan to assert Japanese control over the oil.

20th Century

1920's saw the resurgence of the Cult of the Black Blade.

The 1930's witnessed Tengu of the Shadowmasters active in Japan. The apparently immortal warrior Ogun served in the Japanese Army. He met Logan several times and once possibly the Ancient One, the former Sorcerer Supreme.

In 1932 Japanese troops move into Manchuria. Shiro Ishii begins experiments in biological warfare.

Also during this period, Bill Waring came to Japan to learn Jujitsu as part of his training that saw him become the costumed hero known as the Challenger.[1]

In 1940, Japan started to colonize Southeast Asia, starting with the French Indochina. Also in this year, Japan signed the Tripartite Pact that made up the Axis Powers.

In December 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the attack marked the United States official entry into World War II.[2] One of the most devastating weapons created by the Japanese during the war was the Makado Super-Shell, a massive mortar shell launcher built by the Paw in 1942 on the shores of Yokahama Harbor. The weapon was destroyed by Captain America and Bucky.[3] In 1943, Japanese soldier Baron Togi used decoy boats to lure American vessels into booby-trapped Papau Harbour to be destroyed. This operation was thwarted by the Sub-Mariner.[4] In 1944, there were two military installations placed in the Kobe Island region. The first was to build a massive sub-mariner to use against Allied Forces. This factory and the super-sub were destroyed by the Sub-Mariner.[5] The second installation was an airfield that was arming for an areal invasion of the United States. It was destroyed by a volcano made active by the Human Torch and Toro.[6] In the so-called Valley of Death, the Destroyer stopped Japanese operative the Face from creating a chemical weapon to unleash on Allied Forces, by exposing the Face and his minions to the gas, killing them all.[7]

During the Pacific Theater of the war, many Japanese held islands were liberated by American troops. On February 1, 1944, Combat Casey and Penny Pennington were among troops that liberated Kwajaelin Atoll.[8] Later on June 15, 1944 Casey and Penny were part of the 27th Infantry Division's clash with Japanese forces on the island of Saipan.[9]

Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers on August 15, 1945.

In the 1950's, atomic testing revived many monsters, mostly notably Godzilla, who would attack Japan. Logan saw some of these attacks. Monster Island is located near Japan. Apparently two Monster Islands exist; that of the Mole Man and one used by the Japanese government. It has also been hinted that the US government has dumped creatures there.

Modern Age


Points of Interest


Main article: Japan/Residents

Alternate Realities


Tokyo (Earth-8311)

General Llamamotto


Namor Miyamoto (Earth-13410) from X-Treme X-Men Vol 2 11 0001

The Imperial Japan, military led by Hideki Tojo, allied with the Nazi Adolf Hitler, the Soviet Joseph Stalin, the British Fascist Charles Xavier and the Italian Fascist Benito Mussolini.

Once World War II ended, the Japanese leader was killed by Xavier, and Japan was drowned by Atlantis with the rest of the world. As the half-Atlantean/half-Japanese mutant Namor witnessed the destruction of Tokyo, he led on Atlantis with the intention to confront the Atlantean High Command and as this nation was destroyed too, by Xavier, Namor vow his life to avenge his two people from the bald mutant for ten years.[12]


Some of the residents encountered by the Marvel heroes and villains in this reality come from this country. One of them, a martial artist called Akuma, had a brief run-in with the X-Men as they fought their way to Avalon in order to stop Magneto's plans.[14]

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