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Japan was an island nation off the coast of east Asia. The capital city was Tokyo.
Early history Edit
The Master had the TARDIS take the Eighth Doctor and Izzy Sinclair to Japan in the early 17th century, during an isolationist period, to witness the chaos being caused by the alien "Gaijin". (The Doctor had intended to land in the tenth century's Heian Period) The Clan Rikushira plotted to use the "Gaijin's" technology to depose the shogun. (COMIC: The Road to Hell)
In 1945, two atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A third bomb was planned to be dropped on Kyoto, but the aircraft carrying the bomb, the Sky Jack, fell through a black hole. (COMIC: Sky Jacks)
21st century Edit
In the early 21st century, Japan was renowned for its advances in the robotics industry. When Peter Dalton encountered K9, Luke Smith said that K9 was a new robot toy from Japan. (TV: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith)
Axos took over Japan through use of ingredients in the Goruda brand drink. The children who had drunk it turned into Axons. UNIT, under Major Hiraki, called in the Eleventh Doctor. (COMIC: The Golden Ones) The Twelfth Doctor encountered the Japanese UNIT branch again, this time represented by Colonel Ishiguro, when he dealt with a Kaznak Simu-System. (COMIC: Big in Japan)
Post-21st century Edit
By the early 22nd century, Japan was years into a recession and money had dried up for Martian terraforming. The resulting social collapse caused many to emigrate to the offworld colonies, including the Pluto Japanese-colony cities of Yamaha, Dentsu and Nagorno-Karabakh. (PROSE: Transit)
Alternate timeline Edit
During the Year That Never Was, the Master destroyed Japan, watching the islands and its cities and inhabitants burn. However, when the year was erased from history, Japan was returned to its proper place and its people were returned to their homeland. They did not remember their own deaths or anything else that had happened. (TV: Last of the Time Lords) Martha escaped Japan and made her way towards Europe. (PROSE: The Story of Martha)