30 Country Facts on Japan


  1. The national flower of Japan is a cherry blossom (sakura).
  2. Haiku poetry was invented in Japan, and is the world’s shortest form of poetry.
  3. 98% of adoptions in Japan are those of male adults, so family business can stay within those families.
  4. Japan uses enough lumber in disposable chopsticks each year to build 17,000 homes.
  5. Horse meat, called basashiis a popular dish in Japan. It is sliced thinly and eaten raw.
  6. Due to various car brands like Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and more being based out of Japan, the country is the world’s largest car manufacturer.
  7. There are more pets in Japan then there are children.
  8. The first Japanese-American sumo wrestler was named Sendagawa, and he made his wrestling debut in 1915.
  9. A Japanese religion called Shinto is one of the only religions in the world with a female solar deity.
  10. In 1923, the Kanto earthquake hit the Tokyo area and killed 140,000 people. 
  11. There are more than 6,800 islands in Japan.
  12. Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. There are only about 2 gun-related homicides per year. 
  13. Coffee has such a high demand in Japan that they import approximately 85% of Jamaica’s annual coffee production.
  14. Japan is so ethnically homogeneous that only 2% of the population in Japan is not ethnically Japanese. 
  15. The world’s largest metropolitan area is in Tokyo, with a population of over 35 million people.
  16. The fortune cookie was first made in Kyoto, Japan.
  17. Japanese people live much longer than other countries. The average life expectancy as of 2018 is about 84 years.
  18. Japan has the largest wholesale seafood market called the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.
  19. There are about 127 million people in Japan, making it the 10th largest country by population.
  20. The Maglev Bullet Train in Japan is the fastest train in the world.
  21. Japan has almost 4% of the world’s Internet users, or about 110 million people.
  22. There are more than 200 volcanoes in Japan.
  23. Japan does not follow strict anti-smoking laws. There are almost no anti-smoking areas in the entire nation.
  24. Square shaped watermelons in Japan are popular because they are easier to stack in grocery stores.
  25. 18 Nobel Peace Prize winners have been from Japan.
  26. There is still an entire rabbit population on Okunoshima, a Japanese island, because thousands were brought there during WWII to test poison gas.
  27. The Kuril Islands off of the Northeastern Asian coast is still disputed over by Japan and Russia from WWII treaties.
  28. There are an estimated 1,500 earthquakes in Japan every year.
  29. In 1873, Japan played the first game of baseball at Tokyo University, only a few decades after America first played in 1846.
  30. The mapping system in Japan uses block names rather than street names. 

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