About the Japan

Geography: (1)


Japan is located on the edge of the East of Asian continent,n ext the Pacific coast of Russia and Korean peninsula. There are 4 mains islands(main island Honsu, Hokkaido, Kyusu and Shikoku) with 4000 smaller islands in total territories. 70% of Japan’s teritory is mountainous and only 18% suitable for settlement. Japan is lie on the Pacific Fire Ring, where is one of the most dynamic volcanic eruption and earthquake zone on the world.

Total area: 377,873 km2

Population:  127,078,679 (July 2009 est.)

The isolation of geography also make Japan develop individually with the rest of Asia for a long time.

Economic (1)



Japan ‘s market

GDP per Capital: $33,800

GDP: 4.34 Trillion (2008)

Reborn dramatically after the ruin past of the great war, Japan become on of the most power economic of the world.

Specific Industry


Japan depends on the material import to run its economic due to the lack of mineral. But it is leading the world of robotic technology, auto mobile, transportation, ship building.

Manga, one of Japanese media industry or nonsmoking industry has very large influenced. It is the source to make many industries grow up, media, toy, accessories… This is one of the most unique and identical industry that has a strong impact and attractive to the world. (3)




Isolated with the outside world, but Japanese language is one of the most complex languages on the world with many different writing system with different uses, the language also consist a huge amount of loan words, mostly from Chinese and English (1)

There are two main religions in Japan, Shinto (origine) and Buddism, 1% of population follow Christianity. (1)

Samurai took a crucial role in Japanese society, their principles take an important role in modern business, government and industries, it also affected the world culture.


Historical milestone:

After several centuries of isolation from the outside world. The revolution since Meiji era (1867-1912) changed Japan from a feudal government to a modern nation has turned Japan  into an industrial country, that affected the modern Japan up-to today.(4)



  1. Fact about Japan, 2012, Facts about Japan, viewed 30 August 2013      http://www.facts-about-japan.com/
  1. Kids Web Japan,Explore Japan Economy and Industry, viewed 30 August 2013  http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/explore/economy/
  1. ‘Manga: Not just in Japan’, Toutletmonde.F, 2013, Nippon, updated 25 January, viewed 30 August 2013                                                http://www.nippon.com/en/views/b02201/
  2. Christenzen.M, The Meiji Era and The Modernization of Japan, viewed 30 August 2013 http://www.samurai-archives.com/tme.html

Introduction of Korea

About the Korea

Geography (2)

The Republic of Korea is a small country peninsula on the far East edge of Asia, between China and Japan.

Land area: 100,211 km2

Population: 51,034,494 , 511 people per km (2)

Most population concentrate in the industrial, big, mega cities.


Economics (1)

GDP:  6.2%

GNI US$ 20,759.

South Korea’s economic freedom score is 70.3 take 34th position of the freest economic in 2013 Index (3) .The strenghthen of fiscal fundamental of economic, high educated labor forces, great potential of innovation  and proactions of enter the free trade pacts have made South Korea become one of the strong economy of Asia.

However the stability and future economic dynamism will be affected by the debates of government’s managing reputation in the free market and  the welfare policies (3).

Specific Industries : (6)


The aid of international investment, the free trade pact and the developing technology, South Korea takes many important field of industry, that draws million citizens to the industrial centers, especially in electronic, ship building, auto mobile and advanced technology as new material and robots.



Religions: no affiliation 46%, Christian 26%, Buddhist 26%, Confucianism 1%, other 1%

Government: Republic

South Korean culture is strongly influenced by Confucian. Socially, the family’s  value is more important than individual’s and the oldest male members in the family take important position of a family. All business relationships usually preferred to have the personal connection, the appearance of the third parties before beginning of a business is crucial. (5)

Close to China and Japan, the language and writing system are affected  and social values, however  it has a strong cultural identity as a individual language family.(5)

South Korea is a small peninsula jutting out the great Asian Continent, but it has many distinct cultural treasure were recognized  by UNESCO(3), mostly was affected by the Chinese but they were developed in Korean characteristics. Image



  1. Korea.net, 2010, Fact about Korea, viewed 30 August 2013 http://www.korea.net/AboutKorea/Korea-at-a-Glance/Facts-about-Korea
  2. Korea Be Inspired, 2013, Population of Korea , June 13, viewed 30 August 2013 http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/AK/AK_EN_1_4_3.jsp
  3. The Heritage Foundation, 2013, South Korea, viewed 30 August 2013 http://www.heritage.org/index/country/southkorea#regulatory-efficiency
  4. Korea.net, 2010, UNESCO Treasures in Korea, viewed 30 August 2013 http://www.korea.net/AboutKorea/Culture-and-the-Arts/UNESCO-Treasures-in-Korea
  5. Kwintessential, South Korea – Language, Culture, Customs and Ettiques, viewed 30 August 2013                                             http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/south-korea-country-profile.html
  6. Country Studies, from Library of Congress, US, Industry, viewed 30 August 2013 http://countrystudies.us/south-korea/50.htm

East Timor

The Demorcratic Republic of Timor-Leste a.k.a. East Timor is a small island nation located just North-West of Darwin, Australia and is on the right half of the Island called Timor and the left is part of Indonesia. This small country is one of the newest nations to announce is independence after many years under ruling from Portugal and then an invasion from Indonesia where the island was caught in a bloody civil war. During this occupation at least a hundred thousand people were killed and there was severe damage to the infrastructure which has had a profound effect to this day. 37.4% of the population live below the international poverty line and about 50% are illiterate however in 2013 East Timor came in 6th largest in GDP growth.

Capital City: Dili

Population: 1.1 million (2012)

Official languages: Portugese, Tetum

Surface Area: 14,784 sq km

GDP: $1.21 million (2012)

Principle export destinations:

1. United States 43.9%, 2. Germany 25.7%, 3. Singapore 9.1%

Principle import destinations:

1. Indonesia 39%, 2. Singapore 18.3%, 3. Australia 10.2%

Primary religion: Catholicism

Main export products: Coffee, Oil and gas, sandalwood, marbleImageImageImage

Bacau, Friends of.). East Timor Now. from http://easttimornow.com.au/trade/coffee.aspx

DFAT.). TIMOR-LESTE. from http://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/fs/timo.pdf

East Timor GDP.). from http://www.tradingeconomics.com/east-timor/gdp

Introduction: Indonesia

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Indonesia is an archipelago made up of some 17,000 scattered islands with a total land mass of 2 million square kilometers. (http://www.indo.com/indonesia/index.html)





With over 300 local languages part of Indonesia’s appeal for tourists is it’s highly diverse range of ethnic groups spawned from sophisticated ancient empires. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14921238)


Indonesia’s history has been greatly influenced by neighboring countries. In the 7th century The Kingdom of Srivijaya became an important trade base between India, China and Indonesia bringing new cultural traditions and religious practices like Hinduism, Buddhism, and eventually Islam, which is now the dominant religion of Indonesia. European countries followed suit. Not until 350 years of Dutch rule came to an end in World War II did Indonesia finally declare its Independence. (http://www.indonesia.go.id/en/indonesia-glance/geography-indonesia



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About Malaysia (Munn, Foo, & Spilling, 2012):


Population: 29 844 680 million

GDP: $383.6 billion (2009)

Land Area: 330, 242 km2

Geography: East and West Malaysia

Capital: Kuala Lumpur


Islam (national), Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Christianity.


Bahasa (standardized form of Malay). Also, Malaysian English has developed due to the many languages and it is based on British English mixed with Malay, Chinese and Indian.




Malaysia shares with Indonesia the tradition of batik– a wax resistant fabric printing used in the production of cloth, it has unique patterns and vibrant colours. Today, young local artists experiment with batik in order to create modern art pieces. Malaysia has plans to establish itself as a regional hub for contemporary art, which is why the Kuala Lumpur Galeri Petronas has been founded.




Industries: oil and gas, electronics, processing and manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, medical technology, etc.

In 2007, Malaysia’s economy was the 3rd largest in South East Asia and the 30th largest in the world. In the 70’s, Malaysia’s economy was based on the production and export of raw materials; today, it is industrialized with a diversified economy. With now three quarters of the country’s population as urban, Malaysia plans to become a fully developed nation by 2020. Its main objectives are to have full employment by creating a private sector-led economy and supporting innovation-led growth.




Historical Milestones

–       Portugal was the first western nation to occupy Malaysia (Melaka).

–       The Dutch established in the early 17th century

–       British occupied Penang in 1786

–       Malays National Organization is founded in 1946

–       The Federation of Malaya is formed in 1948

–       1957 – Independence of Malaya

–       Singapore leaves the Federation in 1965

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Landmark: Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

The Petronas Towers are the central element of Kuala Lumpur’s City Centre development. Designed by Argentinean architect Cesar Pelli, the twin towers are a modern expression of Malaysia’s culture, history, climate and work as a symbol of the country’s economic growth (they were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004). Pelli was inspired by Islamic culture, the city’s climate and light, as well as Malaysian craft and design.


Malaysia Design Innovation Centre 

The Malaysia Design Innovation Centre is a government-private sector initiative to apply creativity and innovation to business in today’s competitive globalised environment. MDI helps to generate ideas on building and managing brands, as well as brand quality. MDI is looking to achieve alliances with design guilds, universities and professional institutions to approach the world’s network of designers, engineers and specialists in order to give solutions to the needs of innovative business.



1. Munn, H, Foo, Y, & Spilling, J 2012, Malaysia, Marshall Canvendish, New York, veiwed 28 August 2013, http://reader.eblib.com.au.ezproxy.lib.rmit.edu.au/(S(sbkhfuytrrbq4wgn13rmrstd))/Reader.aspx?p=771016&o=116&u=PXbgfT9yrJU1dIfILlT62Q%3d%3d&t=1377772547&h=C67BE0C8AE291521EED9AFC71C72EB0AA5B98A6E&s=9755480&ut=337&pg=1&r=img&c=-1&pat=n

2. http://pcparch.com/project/petronas-towers

3. http://www.malaysia-innovation.com/



Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues.


Middle East, peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia


Environment – current issues

limited natural freshwater resources are increasing dependence on large-scale desalination facilitie

People and Society:

Ethnic groups

Arab 40%, Indian 18%, Pakistani 18%, Iranian 10%, other 14%


Muslim 77.5%, Christian 8.5%, other 14%



Economy – overview:

Qatar has prospered in the last several years with continued high real GDP growth. Oil and gas account for more than 50% of GDP, roughly 85% of export earnings, and 70% of government revenues. Oil and gas have made Qatar the world’s highest per-capita income country and the country with the lowest unemployment.

GDP $191 billion (2012 est.)

Architecture in Qatar

Urbanism, Architecture, and the Use of Space

Doha, the capital, houses more than 80 percent of the population. Its parks, promenade, and award-winning waterfront architecture are considered as the centerpiece of Doha. The large-scale land reclamation project undertaken by the government to create those waterfront properties is recognized as a major engineering feat and a symbol of the country’s economic and technological advancements.

Urbanism, Architecture, and the Use of Space

Doha, the capital, houses more than 80 percent of the population. Its parks, promenade, and award-winning waterfront architecture are considered as the centerpiece of Doha. The large-scale land reclamation project undertaken by the government to create those waterfront properties is recognized as a major engineering feat and a symbol of the country’s economic and technological advancements.



National Dress
Qatari national men wear a thobe, a long white shirt over loose pants. They also wear a loose headdress, called a gutra, in white or red and white cloth, held on with a black rope known as the agal. Qatari national women cover their head with a black headdress called a shayla, their body with a long black dress called an abayha. Some women also cover their face with a black bourga; sometimes the eyes are left uncovered. 3150545716_22b2da19d5qatar-women

The People’s Republic of China



The People’s Republic of China possesses the largest population in the world at around 1.35 billion people. It accounts for just over 19% of the world’s population with around 140 people per square kilometre. Being one of the fastest growing nations, it has many industries that have increased up to twenty fold in little more than twenty to thirty years. China is made up of 23 provinces, five autonomous regions, four municipalities directly under the Central Government, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao. China leads the world in production and export of steel, coal, cement, farm-use fertilizer, television sets and automobiles. It will also be the highest producer of nuclear power by 2020, with plans to build 27-million-kw nuclear power facilities, in addition to the 8.7-million-kw nuclear power generation capacity already in production and under construction.

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Thailand & Korea Profilo Stacy

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The reason why i chose Thailand and Korea that is because both countries have some relationship with Chinese history. However, people can find out from Korea historical buildings which have some elements or shape from Chinese Min Dynasty. You will not find out Thailand  having strong influence form Chinese Dynasty.

South Korea have well known brand, Samsung and LG that build up their economy and national reputation.   their culture is quit strong even though they have influence from the MIn Dynasty like,  Dang-jeogori ( Korean traditional clothes)

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Thailand have different style of culture from South Korea. Thai people are positive and more “SOHO” life style. Although they do not have powerful economy as Korea, they have powerful culture elements can be used such as, elephants.

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