"Japan is always there. If it doesn't have a big empire, it just sits there having its own islands, Taiwan and maybe Korea, quietly doing nothing - ignoring that if Japan hadn't Meiji'd in OTL it would have been a much easier target for western colonisation/vassalisation than China. Nor do you ever see a Balkanised Japan or a republican Japan or a Japan that was conquered by external invaders." -Thande
Because Japan is special, it gets its own subcategory of National Tropes.