Interesting Country Facts (Japan)

Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with high-rise-filled cities, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Tokyo, the crowded capital, is known for its skyscrapers and pop culture.

Fast Facts about Japan

1. The Japanese name for Japan is “Nihon” or “Nippon” which means “sun origin”.

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2. There are 127 million people living in the country. It has the tenth largest population in the world.

3. 70% of Japan is Mountainous – including over 100 active volcanoes. The tallest mountain in Japan is Mount Fuji. It is an active volcano.

4. Japanese is the official language of Japan and the national currency in Japan is Yen.

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5. Japan is an industrialized nation, producing some of the most technologically advanced motor vehicles, electronics, and machine tools.

6. Sumo is Japan’s national sport, although baseball is also very popular.

7. There are 6800 islands in Japan.

8. Japan is the only country in the world that has had atomic weapons used against it.

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9. Japan is a world leader in robotics. Japanese engineers are known for producing a range of human-like robots.

10. Japan has produced 18 Nobel Prize winners.

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