JAPAN
Updated 26 December 2012
Japan is located in the east North Pacific of the Asian Continent, with a population of 127,368,088, making it the 10th
largest national population. Its capital and largest city is
Tokyo with a total population of 13,185,502. The country
encompasses 377,835 square kilometers making it the 62nd largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with the
North Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea, East China Sea, Korea Strait, Sea of Japan, La Parouse Strait and the Sea of
Okhotsk

Emperor Akihito is recognized as the Chief of State and, along with Heir Apparent Crown Prince Naruhito, achieves
that status through heredity and holds that position for life or abdication. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is recognized as
the Head of Government and along with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, achieved that status through designation by
the bicameral legislature or Diet. Typically, following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or leader of
majority coalition in the House of Representatives or Shugi-in, usually becomes prime minister and holds that position
for four years or as long as he heads the majority party or coalition. Its form of government is a constitutional
monarchy with a Parliamentary Government and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on 3rd of May 1947.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Japanese. It counts among its major religions Shinto, Buddhist,
Other and Christian. As sources of mass communication it has 215 AM, 89 FM, 21 Short Wave and 211 Television
stations.

Major geographical features are Mount Fuji, its highest point at 3,776 meters and Hachiro-gata its lowest point at –4
meters. Its principal waterways are The Seas of Japan and Korea, which measure 1,770 kilometers.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are motor vehicles, electronic
equipment, machine tools, steel and nonferrous metals, ships, chemicals, textiles and processed food. Its official
currency is the Japanese Yen.

Here’s something you may not know about Japan. Japanese people will not change the bath water until everyone in
the house has taken a bath.
Japanese kids always
make the peace sign
Shibuya District of
downtown Tokyo-
Japan's capital and
largest city
A hiking trail in the
mountains - go on,
take a hike!
The most
photographed
mountain in the world -
Mt. Fuji- Japan's
highest point
Sumo wrestlers
preparing to clash.
We saw this Japanese
Swan Boat on the
Amazing Race!
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Okinawa in the Ryukyu
Island Chain in the
Philippine Sea
Island of Hokkaido on
the Sea of Japan-
Japan's principle
waterway
Bean Geese on the
frozen surface of
Hachiro-gata, Japan's
lowest point
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Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
less than 0.1%

8,100 (2009 est.)

less than 100
Hiroshima on Honshu
Island
Imperial Palace in
Tokyo
Iriomote-jim Island-
Japan's westernmost
point in the Nansei
Islands
Kuril'sk on Etorofu
Island- claimed by
Russia and Japan that
would be Japan's
northern and
westernmost points
Hot springs on Kyushu
Island- photo by
Uwe
R. Zimmer
Matsuyama on Shikoku
Island
Nemuro Island on
Hokkaido Island
Wakkanai on Hokkaido
Island- Japan's
northernmost point
Women in Furisode
Kimonos- the national
dress of Japan
Tsushima Island-
Japan's closest point
to the South Korean
mainland
Tempura- a Japanese
dish of deep fried
vegetables and
seafood