This is the code I'm using and the image comes up but with the file location next to it

    \includegraphics[scale=0.8]{C:/Users/Lauren/Google Drive/japan_all_6.pdf}}
    \caption{Plotted data showing a quadractic trend for Japan over $6.0$ $1900-1980$}

The reason the file path shows is your use of special characters in the file name. See this question. A straight forward fix is to use the \usepackage{grffile} package that helps to deal with those kind of characters.

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