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.
#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 City||Tokyo (35°41′N 139°46′E)|
|Largest City||Tokyo (35°41′N 139°46′E)|
|Total area||377,915 sq km|
|Population||126,702,133 (July 2016 est.)|
|Borders||North Korea, Russia and South Korea|
|Currency||Yen (¥) / En 円 (JPY)|
|Life expectancy||85 years|
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$38,900 (2016 est.)|
|Climate||varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north|
|Terrain||mostly rugged and mountainous|
|Natural resources||negligible mineral resources, fish|
|Government type||parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
|Prime Minister||Shinzō Abe|
|Deputy Prime Minister||Tarō Asō|
|National anthem||"Kimigayo" (The Emperor"s Reign)|
|National symbol||red sun disc and chrysanthemum|
|National colors||red and white|
|Suffrage||18 years of age; universal|
|Birth rate||7.8 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)|
|Death rate||9.6 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)|
|Sex ratio||0.94 male(s)/female (2016 est.)|
|Industries||among 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 Zone||JST (UTC+9)|
|Internet country code||.jp|
|Drives on the||Left|
|Data sources||CIA, Wikipedia|
|Table last updated||August 24, 2017|