There is always something further east than you. In fact, east (or west or north or south) is infinite. Japan is considered by Westerners as a Far East country while it's in fact west of America. Like my grandmother used to say: "everybody thinks noon is right over their doorstep" [each person sees the world in their own way].
Japan has the nickname but, for geographical reasons, it suits Russia better, the president joked
Japan is known as ‘the land of the rising Sun’ but Russia has a better claim to that title, President Vladimir Putin joked on Monday at an ecological forum in the country’s Far East.
The Sun rises in the east, but Japan isn’t the easternmost piece of land on the map, the Russian leader noted.