Japan Facts

Japan Facts
The country of Japan is located in the Pacific Ocean, east of North and South Korea, Russia, and China. Japan consists of 6,852 islands, which make up a total of 145,925 square miles including Japan's water territory. Japan has been inhabited by humans since as far back as the Upper Paleolithic period. Chinese texts mention Japan beginning in the 1st century AD. Samurai, emperors and various forms of government ruled Japan until the 1800s when the U.S. suggested that Japan open itself up to the western world. As a result of the political and civil issues that rose due to western influence, Japan adopted the Meiji Constitution on November 29th, 1890 which established a centralized union under the Emperor. Several decades of war with various nations followed, and in 1947 Japan adopted their current constitution which includes liberal democratic politics.
Interesting Japan Facts:
Japan is often referred to as the 'Land of the Rising Sun'.
Japan's capital city is Tokyo.
Japan has more than 200 volcanoes.
Approximately 70% of Japan is made up of mountains.
Mt. Fuji is Japan's tallest mountain and active volcano.
Japan has four different systems of writing including Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana, and Romaji.
Japan's national sport is Sumo wrestling.
Japan experiences approximately 1500 earthquakes each year.
Japan is prone to tsunamis and earthquakes and has the world's highest natural disaster rate.
In 1923 more than 143,000 people in Japan were killed from the Great Kanto Earthquake.
In 2011 the Tohoku Earthquake (the most powerful earthquake recorded in Japan) killed 15,889 people. 6,152 people were injured and 2,609 people went missing. 127,290 buildings collapsed and nuclear accidents caused serious meltdowns at three reactors.
The Greater Tokyo Area is the world's largest metropolitan area. More than 30 million people live there.
Japan's population is more than 126 million people, making it the tenth largest population in the world.
Japanese residents have longer life expectancies than those in most other countries - including Americans.
The longest fish market in the world is Tokyo's Tsukiji Market.
In Japan the word 'karaoke' means 'empty orchestra'.
The blowfish is a delicacy in Japan. Cooking it wrong could be deadly for the person eating it. It takes between 7 and 10 years to become a blowfish chef.
Until the late 1800s Japanese women made their teeth black because white teeth were considered ugly. Today they prefer white teeth.
Japan is the world's largest automobile producer.
In Japan it is common to eat rice at almost every meal, including breakfast.
It is common in Japan to eat raw horse meat.
Major agriculture in Japan includes rice, sugar, vegetables, beets, fruit, and pork. Fish is also important to the agricultural economy.
Major industry in Japan includes steel, automobiles and consumer electronics.
Japan's monetary unit is the Yen.
Japan's official language is Japanese, although English is often taught in school.
Japan's two major religions are Buddhism and Shinto. Religion is not a major part of Japanese life but there are important religious ceremonies held for births, weddings and deaths.
Japan is home to four natural World Heritage Sites.


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