News from Japan, Cyprus and China

Tuesday's World Events - April 2, 2013

Questions

1. For each of the 3 countries, give the following information:

a) capital
b) location/the countries that share its borders:
c) the religious breakdown of the population:
d) the type of government:
e) the chief of state (and head of government if different) [If monarch or dictator, since what date has he/she ruled? - include name of heir apparent for monarch]:
f) the population:

[Find the answers at the CIA World FactBook website. For each country, answers can be found under the "Geography" "People" and "Government" headings.  Go to worldatlas.com for a list of continents.]

2. For JAPAN:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) The use of Google Street View to give former residents video access to their old cities is a positive technological advancement. Is there any place you might not want Google cameras to be filming?

3. For CYPRUS:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) From the "Background" below the questions: "Since the theft has been characterized by the media as merely targeting rich Russian oligarchs and other wealthy investors, the uproar has diminished." Why do you think the media has portrayed the confiscation of private funds by the Cypriot government as mainly targeting the rich?

4. For CHINA:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Collectivism is defined as: a political or economic system in which the government owns businesses, land, etc. How does the American Dream differ from the "Chinese Dream"?