While there was a Japanese occupation of the Republic of the Philippines between 1942 and 1945 that was widely resented by Filipinos, since the end of World War II Japan has been a vital trade partner that has helped boost the Philippine economy. Japan also provided support in 1980 to the new Philippine government. Recently Japan has also provided much-needed aid to the Philippines for rebuilding after Typhoon Haiyan.Continue Reading
The Japanese invaded the Philippines on December 8, 1941 as a strategic move against the United States. This invasion started less than a day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and eventually the Japanese established a strong military presence in the Philippines. While the Japanese promised independence to the islands after the war, most Filipino nationals resented the occupation and many actively fought against the Japanese. Eventually, the Japanese surrendered and lost control of the Philippines in 1945.
Since the end of the war and Japanese occupation, Philippine-Japanese relations have grown stronger. The Japanese have served as an essential trade partner to help rebuild and stimulate the Philippine economy, and the Japanese aided in rebuilding the Philippine government in the 1980s. Japan continues to provide humanitarian and economic aid to the Philippines, most notably during the restoration period after Typhoon Haiyan.Learn more about Southeast Asia
The Philippines are located in both the Northern and the Eastern Hemispheres. The Pacific Ocean completely surrounds the 7,107 islands that make up the Philippines.Full Answer >
The Philippines has a population of over 100 million people as of 2016, with 12.9 million of them living in the capital city of Manila, which equates to about 12 percent of the total population. The country spans 115,831 square miles and 7,107 islands. The largest and most populous island is Luzon, located in the north of the archipelago, and the second largest island is Mindanao, located in the south.Full Answer >
Countries that are near the Philippines are primarily Taiwan and China to the north and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south. Because the Philippines is located on an island group, it has no countries that directly border it.Full Answer >
The Philippines closest neighboring countries are Taiwan to the north and Malaysia to the south. Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are west of the country, while the eastern Philippines' closest neighbors are Palau and the Marianas Islands. Located at the southeastern rim of the Asian continent, the Philippines is surrounded by the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea from all sides.Full Answer >