71 Interesting Facts About Japan

Last updated on November 17th, 2017

Japan, is an island country in East Asia. It is often called the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Japan is a member of the UN, the G7, the G8, and the G20 and is considered a great power. Let’s learn more about this technologically advanced nation with some interesting facts.

71 Interesting facts about Japan

#1. There are a total of 19 Nobel Prize winners from Japan.

shortest escalator Japan
The worlds shortest escalator and as you can see, there are only four steps in it.

#2. The worlds shortest escalator is in Japan. And yes, it is used as well.

#3. Fleeing motorists in Japan are shot by police with paint balls. This technique helps them to identify the defaulters easily.

#4. Train stations in Japan have staff people to shove people into the trains because there is so much of passengers.

#5. Eating while walking is considered rude in Japan.

#6. Unemployment rate in Japan is only 4%.

#7. Japanese farmers produce square watermelons for the sake of ease of storing.

#8. Famously, Japan is the world’s largest creditor nation.

#9. Up to 60% of the animated shows are produced in Japan, making it the leading country to do so.

#10. 98% of adoption in Japan are of male adults. Japanese do this to keep their family business in their family.

Flag of Japan

flag of Japan
The flag of Japan. Image credit – CIA

Facts about suicides and homicides in Japan, fish market, industries, Japanese cuisines etc

#11. Unfortunately, the suicide rate is very high in the country.

#12. However, only 2 gun-related homicides are reported in Japan per year.

#13. One interesting fact about Japan is that if you encounter raised floor in some part of the building, it indicates that you should remove your footwear there.

#14. Tsukiji fish market of Japan is the world’s largest wholesale fish and seafood market.

#15. ‘Nippon’ or ‘Nihon’ is the Japanese name for Japan. It means “the sun’s origin”. It is often translated as ‘the Land of the rising Sun’.

#16. Mount Fuji is the highest point in Japan, which stands at 3,776 m.

#17. Almost three quarters of Japan’s land cannot be utilized for industrial, residential or farming purposes.

#18. Japan is known as an industrial nation. It produces world class machines, electronics and vehicles.

#19. Robotics is the main sphere of talent in Japan. They are known the world over for ASIMOthe world’s most advanced humanoid robot.

#20. Sushi, Sashimi and Tempura are among well know Japanese cuisines around the world.

Map of Japan

Facts about literacy rate, volcanoes, national sport, diseases etc

#21. The literacy rate in Japan is 99% for the population over 15 years of age. This means almost all the people in Japan can read and write.

#22. There are 118 volcanoes in Japan. This number outlasts volcanoes in any other country and makes 10% of world’s total number of volcanoes.

#23. The life expectancy of the Japanese is 83 years, which is more than that of the Americans, which is 81 years.

#24. Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku are four main islands of Japan. The total number of islands in the country is 6852.

#25. With more than 127 million people as of July, 2012, Japan has the tenth largest population in the world.

#26. Tokyo – the capital of Japan – is the largest city in the world by land area, population and density.

#27. Sumo wrestling is Japan’s national sport.

#28. Baseball is Japan’s most popular spectator sport.

#29. The beverage of choice in Japan is o-cha (お茶; green tea), which is served hot or cold depending on the time of year.

#30. The four big diseases caused due to pollution in Japan are: Itai-itai, Minimata, Niigata Minimata, Yokkaichi Asthma.

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