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Capital : Tokyo
Language :  Japanese
Currency :  Yen
Population : 126 693 000
Area : 377 930 km2

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Japan facts

1. Sumo is the national sport. Baseball is also very popular.
2. The population density is 336.3 people / km2.
3. The country is 1.2 times larger than Poland.
4. The main religion is Buddhism, shinto.
5. The highest peak is Mount Fuji 3776 m above sea level.
6. The longest river is Shinano, 367 km.
7. The national tree is cherry.
8. Motto of the country – “Peace and Progress”.
9. Political system – parliamentary monarchy, cabinet and parliamentary system.

11. Japan is an archipelago with more than 3,000 islands. The four main ones are: Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Hokkaido. These islands constitute as much as 97% of the total land area of ​​Japan.

12. In this country, mainly fish and rice are eaten.

13. Some farmers can grow square watermelons.

14. The machine can buy batteries, beer, wine, condoms, cigarettes, newspapers, comics, hot dogs, light bulbs and feminine underwear.

15. The Japanese still wear kimono during festivals and various special events.

16. The tables in the houses are very low so that you can eat sitting on the ground.

17. When using the toilet, most Japanese people put on special “bathroom” slippers.

18. The country produces the most cars in the world. The most well-known brands are: Toyota, Mazda, Daihatsu, Honda and Suzuki.

Author: Turyst

19. There are 4 different styles of writing: romaji, katakana, hiragana and kanji.

20. Japan is the only country in the world that has become a victim of nuclear weapons attacks. In 1945, the United States bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

21. Despite cold winters, many Japanese homes still do not have central heating.

22. The Tsukiji market in Tokyo is the world’s largest fish market.

Author: MR

23. Japanese food is considered the most nutritious and healthy in the world.

24. It is considered rude to show signs of sympathy for a beloved person in public. Do not even stick with your hands.

25. The green light is called “blue”.

26. Animated Japanese films and TV shows make up 60% of world entertainment based on animation.

27. The crime rate in Japan is one of the lowest in the world.

Author: MR

28. Traditionally accepted by the Japanese is to have a lover, if the wife can not give birth to a child.

29. The unemployment rate in Japan is less than 4%.

30. In Japan, mothers often sleep in one bed with young children, while the husband sleeps in his bed in another room.

Author: MR

31. Many Japanese spend Christmas at KFC.

32. Vandalism is unheard of.

33. The Japanese make snowmen from two large balls.

Author: MR

34. There is left-hand traffic in Japan.

35. There is at least one automaton on every street corner.

36. The school year begins in April.

Author: MR

37. Adults read manga comics as often as children, 90% of society buys them every day.

38. Most Japanese do not have computers at home, they only use modern phones.

39. In many toilets there are heated toilet seats, you can also wash and dry.

40. Happy numbers are: 3, 5, 7. Unlucky: 4, 9.

41. The highest peak is the active volcano.

42. Japan is the second largest economy in the world after the United States.

43. In Japanese, it is considered rude to say “no” in a direct way.

Author: MR

44. It is rude to tear the paper in which the gift is packed.

45. You can smoke almost anywhere.

46. When you go to a funeral or wedding you should take a cash gift.

47. All Japanese cars in the local market have speed limits set at 180 km / h.

48. The Japanese produce excellent documentaries. They have the best cameramen in the world.

49. The Japanese are workaholics. They can work 18 hours a day, without lunch, and then go to a bar for a beer and after only 2 hours of sleep, go back to work.

50. They consider 4 days off work as holidays.

Author: MR

51. They celebrate the new year in the family group for 3 days watching TV.

52. Many women in Japan are hardcore football and hockey fans.

53. There are a lot of 24-hour stores where you can buy almost anything.

54. Typical Japanese houses are small and cold.

55. The Japanese do not say “thank you” cashiers in supermarkets.

56. In Japan, fashion comes and goes very quickly.

57. Most young Japanese people say they want to live abroad and do not want to be Japanese anymore.

Author: MR

58. In most Japanese cities, all pubs are in one place.

59. 80% of Japanese women are nervous with laughter.

60. Most middle-aged couples sleep in separate beds or even in separate rooms.

Author: MR

61. The Japanese can not say “I love you” straight in the face because they are very shy.

62. The Japanese are usually physically strong, but you can not see them.

63. Most Japanese people can sing and draw perfectly.

Author: MR

64. There is a speed limit of 80 km / h on motorways, but everyone drives 120 km / h.

65. Marijuana grows in many places in the Japanese mountains.

66. There are no curses in Japanese. The worst thing to say is “stupid” or “idiot”.

67. In some areas, no matter how large the family is, all household members take a bath in the same water. Then they use it for washing.

68. In Japanese families it is perfectly normal when the adult brothers and sisters do not talk to each other.

69. The Japanese are obsessed with insects. Collecting and collecting them is even a national sport.

70. It is the oldest population in the world. 23% of Japanese people are over 65 years old.

71. The Japanese are extremely calm. Even after great tragedies such as earthquakes, they wait calmly in queues for help.

72. It is the only country in the world where mafias operate openly. They have official offices, decorated with a gang emblem. They keep order in their regions. They follow the samurai codes.

73. Nobody steals, they have such a mentality that the person caught on the crime “burned” to be out of shame.

Author: MR

74. People do not stand in chaotic clusters, even when getting on the train they are lining up in queues. There is no deduction, pushing and poking each other.

75. Each restaurant or bar has a site, behind which plastic mock-ups of the proposed dishes are placed.

76. In restaurants, the portions of dishes are very small, it’s hard to eat.

77. Fat people are not welcome, except for sumo players.

78. The composition is written on each production, and the nutritional value, even on cakes in the cake shop.

79. To the temples, and the dressing room in the shops, you enter barefoot.

Author: Oleńka

80. Every adult person has their business card, which they give to everyone at every opportunity. Is given with two hands, which means showing respect.

81. There are no trash bins on the streets. What you have to take with you must be taken back home and segregated.

82. Segregation of rubbish is very detailed.

83. Everywhere is full of cartoon drawings and posters.

84. Many young girls wear pins for a few numbers too big.

Author: Irena

85. Women walk with their toes. This is considered very sweet.

86. Both men and women use fans.

Author: Patrycja

87. In Japan there are melons worth even 10,000 euros, these are yubari melons.

Author: MrCiekawostka

88. In Japan, there is a belief that it is what is hidden.

Author: Saku-chan

89. Trains are extremely punctual. In a year, the total length of delays does not exceed 36 seconds.

90. There are over 50,000 taxis in Tokyo.

Author: JaPan

91. Metro in the capital of Japan transports over 8 million people daily.

92. The cultural center of Japan is the former capital of Kyoto.

93. Kyoto is the only place in the world where traditional geishas are trained.

Author: JaPan

94. Robot fights are popular in this country.

Author: JaPan

95. Position in the best world army list:
      – 2015 year – 10 place,
      – 2018 year – 8 place.

96. Number of soldiers:
      – 2014 year – 250,000 professional and 55,000 reservists, < br>       – 2018 year – 247 157 professional and 63 300 reservists.

97. Number of equipment:
      – 2014 year – 760 tanks, 3000 armored vehicles, 1600 jet aircraft and 670 helicopters,
      – 2018 year – 679 tanks, 3175 armored vehicles, 1510 jet aircraft and 622 helicopters.

98. Expenses for the army:
      – 2014 year – $49,000,000,000 ,
      – 2018 year – $44,000,000,000 .

99. Maritime fleet …
      – in 2014 , the year was around 395 ships, in 2018 of the year it’s about 394 ships.

Author: Wojak

100. In Japan, you wear surgical masks so that you do not infect others in case of illness.

Author: Klaudia

101. The Buddhist temple complex in Kyoto, Japan, located above the city, on the forested slopes of Mount Otowa, has played an important role in the history of Japan for the last 1,000 years. The buildings of the complex were destroyed and rebuilt many times. Today, they are one of the most important cultural heritage objects in Asia.

Author: szlufson

102. In Japanese culture, the spirit of Ashiarai Yashiki occurs in the form of a great leg that pierces the roof of the house and tells you to wash.

103. Over 24 billion single-use sticks are consumed annually.

Author: Karola 

104. The NTT DoCoMo Yoyogi Building in Tokyo has the second highest clock in the world.

Author: tiktak

105. Until today, Russia has not signed a peace treaty with Japan ending the Second World War.

106. Japanese women a few centuries ago could not be jealous of their husband. This was treated as an insult to a man.

Author: Ola

107. One of the Japanese wisdoms says that if a person goes to rest immediately after a meal, then he will turn into a cow, elephant or pig.

108. They also believe that the first New Year’s dream is fulfilled.

109. Using red ink is a sign of something bad. Writing someone’s name to it means that this person will die. This is due to the fact that on the tombstones, information about the deceased is written in red.

110. Do not sleep with your head facing north. This is a bad omen, because in this direction corpses are laid during funerals.

111. When choosing a funeral, a cleansing ritual should be carried out, sprinkling with salt.

112. You can not hold the chopsticks vertically above the food. This is how they are placed only at funerals.

113. The appearance of the spider in the evening is perceived as a harbinger of bad luck.

Author: Azjata

114. In Tokyo, a robot was created, which can not be won with “paper, stone, scissors”.

115. In Japan, in many restaurants you can order raw horse meat called “sakura”.

Author: Renia

116. Japanese soup was invented by the Japanese – Momofuku Ando.

Author: Paulinka88

117. The most popular surnames in Japan are Sato and Suzuki.

Author: ŁukasZ

118. In 1920-1922, 765 orphaned children of Polish exiles were transported from Siberia to Japan, and then they were transported to Poland. All thanks to the action of the Japanese Red Cross, which for the first time helped a foreign state.

119. Japanese Kazuhiro Watanabe for 15 years did not cut hair to be able to put the world’s largest mohawk. It was over 1.3 meters high.

120. Józef Piłsudzki was financially supported by Japanese intelligence

Author: Żaneta

121. The Emperor of Japan can not eat Fugu fish

Author: Żaneta

122. There is a mountain called “E” in Hokkaido.

Author: Unika

123. In 2003, the train speed record was set – 581 km / h.

Author: Martynka91

124. A high-speed road passes through a 16-story office building in Osaka.

125. In Awazu Onsen near Komatsu, there is the oldest in the world, still operating hotel founded in 717. It has been owned by the Hoshi family for 46 generations.

Author: Martynka91

126. In Japan, from an early age, children in schools are taught correct behavior in the event of an earthquake.

Author: Monika90

127. In Kyoto, there is a mound in which noses were cut off to the Koreans during the Japanese invasion of Korea in the sixteenth century.

128. Currently, about 95% of Japanese bodies are cremated after death.

129. On the night of 9 to 10 March 1945, the Americans carried out the most devastating attack on Japan. 329 planes dropped over 1,600 tons of incendiary bombs on Tokyo, which destroyed over 250,000 buildings and killed about 200,000 people.

Author: LiterkaM

130. The hentai series called “Kamen” initiated a bizarre fashion involving the wearing of panties on the head.

131. The Beatles drummer – Ringo Starr appeared in the Japanese apple juice commercial, because his name means in Japanese in the free translation “apple juice”.

Author: Aleksja

132. Japanese scientists from spider silk strings made violin strings, which allowed for a much softer and deeper sound compared to traditional instruments.

Author: Majka

133. The Japanese constitution allows employees to take a short nap during working hours.

134. A fairy tale about the adventures of Bear Uszatek is very popular in Japan.

135. In this country, adoption of adult men aged 20-30 is very popular. This is mainly aimed at rewriting the property and continuing the line.

Author: Basia

136. About 30,000 Japanese die annually due to overwork.

137. There are more pets in Japan than children.

138. In the city of Imari, the Wedding Palace was “deluded” reminiscent of the main railway station in Gdańsk.

139. There are no ratings for the first three years of education in Japanese schools. The main emphasis is on developing character and good manners.

140. In Japan you can buy not only square watermelons, but also in the shape of a heart. Kennel is dealt with by Hiroichi Kimura.

Author: Natalia

141. Hayao Miyazaki, known as Japanese Disney in 2003, was the first in history to receive an Oscar for the anime film “Spirited Away: In the Land of the Gods”.

Author: Ela

142. The minimum wage varies from 693 yen (around 22.2 zlotys) to 910 yen (around 29.2 zlotys) per hour depending on the industry (data from 2015).

143. The amount of income tax in Japan is 38.01%.

144. Men and women can retire at the age of 60-65.

145. The unemployment rate in 2018 is 2.4% .

Author: Daria

146. Twenty-four Japanese have accumulated assets of more than a billion US dollars.

147. The richest of them is Tadashi Yanai with assets worth over $20.2 billion.

Author: $$$NaBogato$$$

148. Umbrellas have been invented in Japan, the pattern is only visible when they are wet.

149. 400,000 fishing boats annually catch over 12 billion tons of fish.

Author: Katalizak

150. In Japan, on average, an adult consumes about 7.2 liters of pure alcohol a year.

Author: AlkoWorld

151. The national alcohol is sake.

152. The most drinks are spirits – 52%, then beer – 19%, wines – 4%, and other alcoholic beverages – 25%.

Author: AlkoWorld

153. In this country, compulsory education lasts 9 years.

Author: EduKacJa

154. The beginning of education begins at the age of 6.

155. The average IQ level is 105.

Author: EduKacJa

156. In this country there is 1% of people above 15 years of age who can not read or write (approximately 1,268,800 people).

157. In Japan, according to statistics, an average of one person reads 35 minutes a day.

Author: Reebeka

158. The national animal is a green pheasant and carp fish.

159. The national fruit is ebony cherry tree.

Author: Kos

160. The average life expectancy in this country is 83.7 years (women – 86.6 years and men – 80.9 years).

Author: Wilga

161. Among office workers there are so-called “window workers” and “window frames”. The first are people before retirement, who due to their age, have the right to look in the window and disperse for a moment. Those others, however, are far away from the windows.

Author: sirducho

162. Built-up speed allowed is 40 km / h.

163. Outside built-up areas, the permitted speed on the normal road varies from 50 to 80 km / h, and on highways from 80 to 100 km / h.

164. The permissible blood alcohol content of a person driving a car is 0.3 per mille.

165. In 2013, 5,679 people lost their lives due to traffic accidents.

166. 6.2% of fatal accidents caused people who were under the influence of alcohol.

167. In this country there is left-hand traffic.

168. In this country, more than 91 377 000 motor vehicles are registered (720 vehicles per 1 000 inhabitants).

Author: AutoMania

169. Earthquake. which took place in Japan in September 1923 killed over 143 thousand people.

170. In 2010, 1,718 people died due to hot weather in Japan.

171. August 12, 1985, there was a plane crash in which killed 520 people. The plane crashed into the mountain of Takamagahara in Ueno due to explosive decompression. 4 people survived.

172. In 1893, the theater burned down in Kamla, killing 1,995 people.

Author: Fiorella

173. In Japan, adulthood is reached at the age of 20.

Author: Leah

174. In this country there are over 1 215 000 km of paved roads, including more than 8 050 km of expressways (1.89% of all roads in the world).

175. In this country there are 175 airports, 142 with paved surface.

176. The largest airport in Japan is in Tokyo. Annually over 72 million people use it.

177. In this country there are over 27,182 km of railway tracks.

Author: Marlène

178. There are metro lines in 10 Japanese cities.

179. In Tokyo, there are 3 metro lines with a total length of 316 km (293 stations). The oldest one was opened in 1927, and the newest in 1996. Annually, more than 3.1 billion people use it.

Author: Marlène

180. In this country, over 114 963 000 (2015) 118 626 672 (2018) people have access to internet (around 94% of the population).

Author: NET

181. About 25,000,000 (2015) 71,000,000 (2018) accounts on Facebook.

182. The average speed of fixed internet access is 15 Mb / s, and the maximum speed is 78,4 Mb / s (data from the end of 2015).

Author: NET

183. The national top-level domain is .jp . There are over 1,325,200 websites with such an extension.

Author: http

184. The most popular pages with the extension .jp are: yahoo.co.jp, google.co.jp and amazon.co.jp.

Author: http

185. This country has 2018 over year $1 256 300 000 000 foreign exchange reserves (10.53% of reserves currency in all countries of the world).

186. Japan has 765200 kg of gold reserves (2018).

Author: Vinamra

187. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) …
      – in 2015 the year is $4 881 910 000 000 ,
      – 2018 is $4,872,000,000,000 .

188. Internal debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 year was 230% GDP, or around: $11,228,393,000,000 ,
      – 2018 of the year was 253% GDP, or around: $12,326,160,000,000 . To pay it off, each citizen would have to give around $97,148.

189. Foreign debt at the beginning …
      – 2014 the year was around: $5,180,000,000,000 ,
      – 2018 of the year is around: $3,716,000,000,000 .

Author: Komornik

190. In this country the average adult person smokes 153 cigarettes a month.

Author: VViki

191. In this country you can vote from the age of 20.

Author: Firina

192. The highest building in Japan is Abeno Harukas in Osaka, 300 meters high (60 floors). It was built in 2014.

193. In Tokyo there are over 2,770 buildings with a height exceeding 35 meters.

194. There are currently 116 “skyscrapers” in Tokyo (buildings with a height of over 150 meters).

195. The highest building in the country is Tokyo Skytree in Tokyo with a height of 634 meters. Established in 2012.

Author: BobBudowniczy

196. The lowest temperature: -41 °C was measured in Asahikawa.

197. The highest temperature: 41 °C was measured in Shimanto.

198. February 14, 1927 at Mt. Ibuki measured the largest snow embankment with a height of 11.82 m.

Author: weather

199. The most deadly disease in this country is heart failure.

Author: medi

200. 24 Japanese citizens received the Nobel Prize.

Author: redsun

201. In the Japanese subway at rush hour there are people helping to get on the train. You can count on the help of metro workers, using ticket machines, and when you set up the station on which you should get off.

202. Taxi drivers wear white gloves.

203. Sweets are made even in the shape of fish.

204. In almost every Japanese restaurant on the menu are pictures of dishes with a description only in Japanese.

205. In the arcade, vending machines pay out winnings in small metal balls, not in tokens or a printed voucher.

Author: Dora

206. In Japanese schools there are 3 semesters: 1) April – July, 2) September – December – Christmas break – 3) January – March.

207. Holidays last 40 days.

Author: TaigaAisaka0091

208. In this country, men and women can get married at the age of 20.

209. In this country, women having their first child on average 30.3 years old.

210. 10 women give birth to 14 children on average

Author: Nadia

211. The average age people living in this country is 46.5 years old.

212. The country is around:
16 625 000 people (13.11%) in the age range 0-14 years.
76 479 000 people (60.31%) in the age range 15-64 years.
33 706 100 people (26.58%) over 65 years old.

213. In this country, about 1,006,000 children are born each year (0.8% of the population), and about 1,210,000 people die (1.0% of the population).

Author: Sara19

214. The lowest situated place in the country is the Hachirō-gata lake – 4 m.p.p.

Author: Klemens

215. X-Seed 4000 is the highest building ever designed. The object was supposed to be 4 km high (800 floors) and could accommodate up to one million inhabitants. The width at the base would be 6 km. The cost of the investment is estimated at around 600 billion dollars.

216. The X-Seed 4000 tower, modeled on Mount Fuji, would have been 224 meters higher than it.

Author: pikacz

217. In Japanese culture, it is popular to write “poems of death” consisting in expressing the quintessence of one’s life with poetry before death.

218. The Shinjuku railway station serves over one billion passengers annually.

Author: Porcelala

219. In this country, a person of 12 years of age is subject to criminal liability.

220. There are 45610 km2 of agricultural land in Japan (13% of the country).

221. 6 people in 1000 possess firearms.

222. In this country, you can buy cigarettes from the age of 20.

223. The highest situated city in the country is Fujikawaguchiko.

224. In this country, women have the right to vote since 1947.

225. In this country, the formalities related to the establishment of the company last 23 days.

226. He joined the United Nations on December 18, 1956.

227. The work week is 40 hours.

Author: Statyk

228. 65% of the country’s population lives in urban areas.

229. 248648 km2 of the country is covered by forests (68.2%)

230. In 2016, death penalty was imposed on three people.

Author: Statyk

231. In Japan, Islam is illegal.

Author: Mateusz

232. Japan does not have an embassy in any Islamic country.

233. In Japan, Islamic countries do not have embassies.

234. In Japan, the follower of Islam can stay up to 12 days.

Author: Mateusz

235. When we answer the phone in Japan, we say “moshi, moshi”.

Author: Almee777

236. In this country, the amount of income tax for individuals is 55.95%, and for companies 30.86% (2018).

237. The tax on goods and services is 8% (2018).

238. The level of inflation in 2018 is 0.7%.

Author: Fan%

239. In 2018, the average monthly salary in this country is 548 170 ¥.

Author: Daria

240. The Olympic Games in Tokyo are to be the first big event broadcast in 8K technology.

Author: Mika

What is the highest peak in Japan?
The highest peak in Japan is Mount Fuji (3776 m above sea level).

answer: Marta

What is the largest river in Japan?
The largest river in Japan is Shinano, 367 km.

answer: Marta

What is the largest lake in Japan?
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What is the national dish?
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Which Japan has national colors?
National colors: red and white.

answer: Marta

What is national alcohol?
The national alcohol is sake.

answer: Marta

What is the national animal?
The national animal is a green and carp fish.

answer: Marta

What is the national sport?
National sport is sumo and baseball.

answer: Marta

Which countries borders Japan?
It is an island country, no terrestrial borders. Territorial waters are bordered by China, South Korea and Russia.

answer: Marta

What is the average age of people living in this country?
The average age people living in this country is 46.5 years old.

answer: Marta

What is the minimum wage?
The minimum wage varies from 693 yen (around 22.2 zlotys) to 910 yen (around 29.2 zlotys) per hour depending on the industry (data from 2015).

answer: Marta

What is the population density in Japan?
The population density is 348 people per km2.

answer: Marta

What is the motto of this country?
Motto of the country – “Peace and Progress”.

answer: Marta

What is the highest temperature recorded in this country?
The highest temperature: 41 ° C was measured in Shimanto.

answer: Marta

What is the lowest temperature recorded in this country?
The lowest temperature: -41 ° C was measured in Asahikawa.

answer: Marta

With how many years can you legally buy alcohol?
In this country, alcohol can be bought at the age of 20.

answer: Marta