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General facts

Population: 127.6 million

Capital: Tokyo

Official language: Japanese

Currency: Japanese Yen

Religions: Buddhism and Shinto

Motto: The Land of the Rising Sun

National Anthem: Kimigayo

Interesting facts

  • Over 70% of Japan is mountainous and it has over 200 volcanoes.
  • Japan consists of over 6,800 islands.
  • Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and also the largest city. Other major cities include Osaka, Nagoya and Sapporo – the home of the famous snow festival.
  • Japan is home to many different forms of martial arts, including karate, judo, sumo, jujitsu and aikido.
  • Japan boasts the longest reigning monarchy in the world.
  • Japanese trains are the world’s most punctual.
  • The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo.

 More obscurely, did you know... 

  • It is considered inappropriate to blow your nose in public in Japan.
  • Japan’s literacy rate is almost 100%
  • Japan has produced 18 Nobel Prize winners!