When Was Japan Founded?

The first permanent capital of Japan was founded in 710 A.D. The multi-island nation has shown clear evidence of people and society since 10,000 B.C.

Japan has a rich cultural and archaeological history that extends back to 10,000 B.C. and includes fossil remains of established Homo sapiens society. The Shinto historical record states that the Japanese empire was founded in 660 B.C. by Jimmu, who is recognized as the first emperor and a direct descendant of Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess. However, the imperial capital was established in 710 A.D. at Heijō-kyō, or Nara; it was there that the first national histories were compiled. The historical founding by Jimmu was considered an official dogma in 1945 and in 1947, Japan ratified a new constitution.