26 Juicy Facts About Japan

Would you like to boost your knowledge of this vibrant country? Take a look at these 26 facts about Japan!

Geographical stats…interesting facts about Japan

  1. Japan is a culturally rich archipelago of nearly 7,000 islands in east Asia… that’s right, 7,000!
  2. Despite containing such a vast number of islands, only 430 are inhabited.
  3. Its nearest neighbours are Russia to the north, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Philippines to the south and Taiwan, China, South Korea and North Korea to the west.
  4. To watch authentic Geishas, sample some delicious food and travel this amazing country, head for the coordinates of 35.6833° N, 139.7667° E.
  5. The terrain here is mostly mountainous and rugged…
  6. …In fact, this mountainous country has over 100 active volcanoes!
  7. The total land area of Japan is 145,902 square miles (377,887 square kilometres)…
  8. …that’s around 1.5 times the size of the UK.
  9. Japan’s population was 126,919,659 in 2015…
  10. …that’s around twice the population of the UK!
  11. Residents here are known as Japanese.
  12. The capital is Tokyo; it covers an area of 844 square miles (2,188 square kilometres) and had a population of 38,001,000 in 2015 – that’s a lot of people!
  13. The Japanese enjoy a tropical climate in the south and a cool temperate climate in the north, with temperatures rarely dropping below 0°C throughout the country.

Social intricacies

  1. The official language of Japan is… why, Japanese of course!
  2. Japanese Yen is the official currency here.
  3. The average life span here is 85 years, and Japanese women are statistically the longest living in the world – tell us your secrets!
  4. The Japanese are fanatical about being punctual; Japanese trains have an average delay of only 18 seconds!
  5. Pets are not an unusual sight in this wonderful country; in fact, there are around 5 million more registered pet cats and dogs than children under 15 in Japan!
  6. Apparently, around 24 billion pairs of chopsticks are used in Japan each year!
  7. Revellers beware! Late night dancing is actually outlawed in Japan! The law was established in 1948 much to the dismay of youthful partygoers but is due to change in 2016.
  8. Did you know raised floors in Japanese homes indicate when you should remove your shoes? Certainly something to remember!

Industry insights…

  1. This healthy country grows rice, vegetables, sugar beets and fruit; they also rear cattle and pigs, catch fish and produce dairy products.
  2. Its industry consists of electronic equipment, machine tools, motor vehicles, steel and non ferrous metals.
  3. Japan exports motor vehicles, office machinery, chemicals and electronic components.
  4. Be prepared to be impressed… Kongō Gumi Co., a construction company in Japan, was the longest running independent company in the world, having been founded in 578 and absorbed as a subsidiary in 2006! Wow.

Bonus Fact!

  1. Do you know a lucky someone living in, working in or exploring Japan? You can make cheap calls to Japan with Cherry Call – you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 0081.

To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Japan, head over to the Japan Times website – it’s in English, too!

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