This article is from the American misconceptions about Japan FAQ, by Tanaka Tomoyuki firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
THE TRUTH: Japan is slightly smaller than California, the third largest
state in the USA. Japan is bigger than (unified) Germany, and
the U.K. it is 10 times the size of Taiwan and 350 times the
size of Hong Kong. (source: "1994 Britannica Book of the Year".)
other Asian countries view Japan as a large, powerful country,
because of its economic might and its past military invasions in
Asia (WW2, etc).
Japan is not one big city-state. it has deserted coasts, open
fields, and deep forests.