Japan Facts: 71 Interesting Facts About Japan

Last updated on April 7th, 2018

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 to 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 the 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 the 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
DemonymJapanese
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
EmperorEmperor
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