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Japan is located in Eastern Asia part of Asia. It's total area is 365K km² and 68.4% of it is forest area. As of 2022 it has a total population of 125M. 92% lives in cities whereas 8% lives in rural areas.
Japan (Japanese: 日本, Nippon or Nihon, and formally 日本国, Nihonkoku) is an island country in East Asia. It is situated in the northwest Pacific Ocean and is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, extending from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, and Taiwan in the south. Japan is a part of the Ring of Fire, and spans an archipelago of 14,125 islands covering 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 sq mi); the five main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu (the "mainland"), Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is the nation's capital and largest city, followed by Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Kobe, and Kyoto.

Japan is the eleventh most populous country in the world, as well as one of the most densely populated and urbanized. About three-fourths of the country's terrain is mountainous, concentrating its population of almost 125 million on narrow coastal plains. Japan is divided into 47 administrative prefectures and eight traditional regions. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with more than 37.2 million residents.

Japan has been inhabited since the Upper Paleolithic period (30,000 BC), though the first written mention of the archipelago appears in a Chinese chronicle (the Book of Han) finished in the 2nd century AD. Between the 4th and 9th centuries, the kingdoms of Japan became unified under an emperor and the imperial court based in Heian-kyō. Beginning in the 12th century, political power was held by a series of military dictators (shōgun) and feudal lords (daimyō) and enforced by a class of warrior nobility (samurai). After a century-long period of civil war, the country was reunified in 1603 under the Tokugawa shogunate, which enacted an isolationist foreign policy. In 1854, a United States fleet forced Japan to open trade to the West, which led to the end of the shogunate and the restoration of imperial power in 1868.

In the Meiji period, the Empire of Japan adopted a Western-modeled constitution and pursued a program of industrialization and modernization. Amidst a rise in militarism and overseas colonization, Japan invaded China in 1937 and entered World War II as an Axis power in 1941. After suffering defeat in the Pacific War and two atomic bombings, Japan surrendered in 1945 and came under a seven-year Allied occupation, during which it adopted a new constitution and began a military alliance with the United States. Under the 1947 constitution, Japan has maintained a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy with a bicameral legislature, the National Diet.

Japan is a developed country and a great power. It is a member of numerous international organizations, including the United Nations, G20, OECD, and the Group of Seven. Its economy is the world's third-largest by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest by PPP, with its per capita income ranking at 36th highest in the world. Although Japan has renounced its right to declare war, the country maintains Self-Defense Forces that rank as one of the world's strongest militaries. After World War II, Japan experienced record growth in an economic miracle, becoming the second-largest economy in the world by 1972 but has stagnated since 1995 in what is referred to as the Lost Decades. Japan has the world's highest life expectancy, though it is experiencing a population decline. A global leader in the automotive, robotics and electronics industries, the country has made significant contributions to science and technology. The culture of Japan is well known around the world, including its art, cuisine, film, music, and popular culture, which encompasses prominent manga, anime and video game industries.

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💬 Languages

Japanese is the official language.

💵 Currencies

The official currency is Japanese yen [1 USD = 150.458 JPY].

🏧 Cash / Credit card usage

Credit cards are widely used in Japan [2017: %68.38348508]. Though we still suggest carrying some cash in your travels. Approximately there are a total of 🏧 154K ATM's in Japan.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Tourism

In 2019, 31.9M tourists arrived to Japan. In 2019, tourism has contributed to Japan economy with a total of 49.2B $ income (%5.4).

📱 Bandwidth

Mobile internet & wifi is 🐢average with 48 Mbps. Broadband is 🚀very fast with 198.6 Mbps.

Mobile & Wifi (1.68 / 10)

Broadband (6.93 / 10)

☀️ Climate

Averag yearly temperature is 🌤️ 11 °C and warm. Current 3 months (April, May and June) average is 🌤️ 14 °C and warm. Current season (spring) is ❄️ 9 °C and cold.
Yearly average11 °C 🌤️
3 month average14 °C 🌤️
Spring average9 °C ❄️
Summer average21 °C ☀️
Fall average14 °C 🌤️
Winter average1 °C ❄️
About seasons: Remember that seasons in Southern Hemisphere are opposite of the Northern one. This means that in Argentina and Australia, winter begins in June. Currently season averages are rendered according Northern Hemisphere.

📈 Economics

In 2022, gross national income (GNI) was 5.3T $ and with %-0 decrease GNI per capita was 43K $. In 2022, consumer inflation was calculated as %2.5.
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