Japan Facts

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  • Japan consists of over 6,800 islands.
  • 21% of the Japanese population is elderly, the highest proportion in the world. Japan has more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years old.
  • Japan suffers 1,500 earthquakes every year
  • Jimmu is said to have been a direct descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu and the storm god Susanoo.
  • Japan has more people aged more than 100 than any country other than the United States. It also has the world’s highest life expectancy for women.
  • Emperor Akihito of Japan is the world’s only living emperor.
  • Tokyo has the world’s largest fish market handling over 2,000 tons every day.
  • Human life in Japan dates back thousands of years.
  • The popular Japanese dish called Basashi is made of raw horse meat with onions and ginger.
  • The Japanese have more pets than children.
  • The most popular pizza topping in Japan is squid.
  • Japan has more than 3,000 McDonald’s restaurants, the largest number in any country outside the U.S.
  • More’s Department Store in Kawasaki, Japan, has the world’s shortest escalator. It has five steps.
  • the biggest Japanese community outside of Japan is in Brazil
  • On Christmas Eve in Japan it has become traditional to eat Kentucky Fried Chicken.
  • Tsukiji market in Tokyo is the world’s largest fish market, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products daily.
  • Last year, Godzilla was officially made a citizen of Japan. He is also the tourism ambassador for the Shinjuku area of Tokyo.
  • The Japanese have such a low birth rate that there are more adult diapers sold than baby diapers.
  • Ninety-eight per cent of adoptions in Japan are of adult males, done to have someone to bequeath a family business to and keep the family name.
  • Some of the most well-known companies in the world are Japanese such as Toyota, Honda, Sony, Nintendo, Canon, Panasonic, Toshiba, and Sharp.
  • Late-night dancing was illegal in Japan until 2015.
  • Japan and Russia still haven’t signed a peace treaty to end World War II due to a dispute over the Kuril Islands.
  • Japan has 5.52 million vending machines