71 Interesting Facts About Japan

Last updated on November 17th, 2017

Facts about nuclear emergency, nuclear power, fastest train, education etc

#31. Japan’s first-ever nuclear emergency was declared on march 11, 2011 – due to the Fukushima I nuclear power plant disaster. 140,000 residents within 20 km of the plant were evacuated.

#32. Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant was shut down on 06, May, 2011 as the area where it operated is expected to be hit with an earthquake of magnitude 8.0.

#33. The Japanese do not elect a president directly. They have a parliamentary system of government.

#34. Shinzō Abe is the Prime Minister of Japan.

new maglev bullet train
Japan’s new maglev bullet train

#35. Japan’s new maglev bullet train is the fastest train in the world.

#36. Japan’s sex ratio is 0.95.

#37. 98% of students go onto high school in Japan whereas education is compulsory only for the nine years of elementary and middle school.

#38. GDP of Japan is $4.7 trillion. The FDI inflow in Japan is $2.3 billion.

#39. One fact about Japan is that black cats are believed to bring good luck.

#40. Only 2% people in Japan are immigrants.

Facts about earthquakes, automobiles, cuisines, coffee etc

#41. Interestingly, Japanese families utilize the same water for bathing as they do for other purposes.

#42. Japanese are so much interested in comics that more paper is used for printing them than that for toilet paper.

#43. Toyota, a Japanese automobile company is the world’s third largest automaker.

#44. It would be interesting to note that; in the first half of 2005, the number of deaths in Japan exceeded the number of births.

#45. Japan experiences approximately 1500 earthquakes every year.

#46. Rice is commonly eaten in Japan as a major part of their diet. Do not be amused if you find Japanese eating rice even in the breakfast.

#47. One of the popular food in Japan is raw horse meat.

#48. Coffee is extremely popular in Japan and is imported in a large number from Jamaica.

#49. Japan is the largest automobile producer in the world.

#50. More than 50,000 people in Japan are at least 100 years old.

Interesting facts about mobile phones, punctual railways, chopsticks, Tsunami etc

#51. The world’s oldest company operated in Japan between 578 AD and 2006.

#52. Japan has the world most punctual railways. Their average delay is 18 seconds.

#53. Another interesting fact about Japan is that 90% of the mobile phones used are waterproof.

#54. Cleaning of classrooms and cafeteria is a shared responsibility among Japanese students and teachers.

#55. Every year, the Japanese use almost 24 billion chopsticks.

#56. Japanese have a tradition of visiting KFC on Christmas eve.

#57. Outside of Japan, the Japanese are found in majority in Brazil (Read some interesting facts about Brazil.)

#58. Over 2000 people committed suicide in Japan by jumping in a volcano called Mount Mihara. The Japanese authorities have now constructed a fence around it to stop these suicides.

#59. Hikikomori – a social situation in Japan – where men lock themselves in their bedrooms for years is estimated to be affecting at least 1 million Japanese men.

#60. Japan’s Tsunami hit areas in 2011 were found to have ancient stone tablets with inscriptions “do not build your homes below this point”.

Atomic weapon attacks, national anthem, Internet usage etc

#61. Japanese can say “Sorry” in 20 different ways.

#62. Japan is the only country in the world that suffered from atomic weapon attack.

#63. Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is second most expensive city to live in.

#64. Kimigayo is Japan’s national anthem. It is the world’s shortest anthem with a length of 11 measures and 32 characters.

#65. Japan boasts the longest reigning monarchy in the world.

#66. Blowing your nose in Japan is considered inappropriate.

#67. Average monthly disposable salary after tax in Japan is $2,782.

#68. There are 109,252,912 Internet users in Japan. This is 3.74% of world’s share of total Internet users.

#69. The average height of men in Japan is 171.4 cm.

#70. Almost 25% of Japan’s population is over 65 years of age.

#71. Japan’s is slightly smaller than California in terms of total area.

Japan – country at a glance

Capital CityTokyo (35°41′N 139°46′E)
Largest CityTokyo (35°41′N 139°46′E)
Total area377,915 sq km
Population126,702,133 (July 2016 est.)
Official LanguageJapanese
BordersNorth Korea, Russia and South Korea
CurrencyYen (¥) / En 円 (JPY)
ReligionShinto, Buddhism
Life expectancy85 years
GDP - per capita (PPP)$38,900 (2016 est.)
Climatevaries from tropical in south to cool temperate in north
Terrainmostly rugged and mountainous
Natural resourcesnegligible mineral resources, fish
Agricultural land12.5%
Government typeparliamentary constitutional monarchy
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Deputy Prime MinisterTarō Asō
National anthem"Kimigayo" (The Emperor"s Reign)
National symbolred sun disc and chrysanthemum
National colorsred and white
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
Birth rate7.8 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Death rate9.6 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Sex ratio0.94 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
Industriesamong world's largest and most technologically advanced producers of motor vehicles, electronic equipment, machine tools, steel and nonferrous metals, ships, chemicals, textiles, processed foods
Exports$641.4 billion (2016 est.)
motor vehicles 14.9%; iron and steel products 5.4%; semiconductors 5%; auto parts 4.8%; power generating machinery 3.5%; plastic materials 3.3% (2014 est.)
Imports$629.8 billion (2016 est.)
petroleum 16.1%; liquid natural gas 9.1%; clothing 3.8%; semiconductors 3.3%; coal 2.4%; audio and visual apparatus 1.4% (2014 est.)
Time ZoneJST (UTC+9)
Internet country code.jp
Calling Code+81
Drives on theLeft
Data sourcesCIA, Wikipedia
Table last updatedAugust 24, 2017