japan in a nutshell
The east asian archipelago is 377,915km² with a 29,751km of coastline, also constituting the japanese border.
The japanese archipelago was created by volcanic activity from the Pacific Ring of Fire and features more than 100 active volcano.
Consequently, 73% of the territory is mountainous, and 69% of it is covered in forest (unparalleled except by Sweden and Norway).
Population & Economy
The current population of Japan is 127 million, or 1.69% of the World’s population.
The GDP/inhabitant is somewhere between the 20th and 24th worldwide with approximately 38,750$/inhabitant.
Japan has a tertiary economy (services) with the sector employing approximately 70% of the work force.
Japan is a Constitutional Monarchy where the Emperor holds a ceremonial role and the Prime minister is the head of state.
The Constitution was drafted in 1947 on the basis of western ones, following the end of the Second World War.
The Emperor, based in Kyoko Palace, and the Prime Minister’s Cabinet are hosted in Chiyoda ward in Tokyo.
The average individual is expected to study for 15 years.
93.5% of the population lives in cities, with an average density of 350 inhabitants/km².
Japan’s average life expectancy is 83 years and features the fastest aging population worldwide.
Poverty index are not available, which doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, rather the contrary.
You’d be surprised by the change of scenery an hour of shinkansen (japanese bullet-train) can bring, here’s an example: in an hour, you can go from the peaceful temples of Kyoto to the lively mess of Dotonburi, Osaka.
Here are the places that struck me most, pick one an embark on a journey with me (without the hassle of transiting between 18 airports and 32 railway stations on top of that !)
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