• Population: 126.4 million
    • More than three quarters of the population live in sprawling cities on the coastal fringes of Japan’s four mountainous, heavily-wooded islands.
  • Life expectancy: 81 years (men), 87 years (women)
    • The Japanese have one of the highest life expediencies.
    • Okinawa, often called โ€˜the land of immortalsโ€™, has been a global centre for longevity research, as these southern Japanese islands have more than 400 centenarians.
  • Language: Japanese
  • Major religions: Shintoism, Buddhism
  • Currency:ย Japanese Yen (JPY)


  • Area: 377,864 sq km (145,894 sq miles)


  • Japan has the world’s third-largest economy.


  • Drivers using phones while driving could face steeper fines and six-month jail terms.

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