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Japan – Important Facts

Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea, China, Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The kanji that make up Japan’s name mean “sun origin”, and it is often called the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Japan’s population of 126 million is the world’s tenth largest. Japanese people make up 98.5% of Japan’s total population. Approximately 9.1 million people live in the core city of Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, which is the sixth largest city proper in the OECD and the fourth leading global city in the world. The Greater Tokyo Area, which includes Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the world’s largest metropolitan area with over 35 million residents and the world’s largest urban agglomeration economy.

Japan has the world’s third-largest economy, having achieved remarkable growth in the second half of the 20th Century after the devastation of the Second World War.

Facts: Japan Capital: Tokyo, Population: 126.4 million, Area: 377,864 sq km (145,894 sq miles), Major language: Japanese, Major religions: Shintoism and Buddhism, Life expectancy: 80 years (men) and 87 years (women), Currency: yen.

Important Details

  • Country ISO3:JPN
  • Country Code:392
  • Income Group:East Asia & Pacific
  • Lending Category:High income
  • Region:Not Available
  • Currency Unit:Yen
  • WTO Member:YES
  • Trade organisations:APEC, WTO, OECD, G-20, G8 and others
  • world rank:22
  • Regional Ranking:6th in the Asia–Pacific Region