This name may have its origin in a letter sent in 607 and recorded in the official history of the Sui dynasty.
Prince Shōtoku, the Regent of Japan, sent a mission to China with a letter in which he called himself "the Emperor of the Land where the Sun rises" (日出處天子). is a homophone of Wo 倭 (pronounced "Wa" by the Japanese), which has been used by the Chinese as a designation for the Japanese as early as the third century Three Kingdoms period.
Buddhism was introduced to Japan from Baekje, Korea and was promoted by Prince Shōtoku, but the subsequent development of Japanese Buddhism was primarily influenced by China.
The English word Japan possibly derives from the historical Chinese pronunciation of 日本.Japan is a member of the UN, the OECD, the G7, the G8 and the G20—and is considered a great power.The country has the world's third-largest economy by nominal GDP and the world's fourth-largest economy by purchasing power parity.The kanji, or Sino-Japanese characters, that make up Japan's name mean "sun origin", and it is often called the "Land of the Rising Sun".Japan is a stratovolcanic archipelago consisting of about 6,852 islands.