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Resources about Japan including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government,
political conditions, and economy.
Economy of Japan
GDP (2009 est.): $5.068 trillion (official exchange rate);
$4.15 trillion (PPP).
Real growth rate (2009 est.): -5.3%.
Per capita GDP (2009 est. PPP): $32,700.
Natural resources: Fish and few mineral resources.
Agriculture: Products--rice, vegetables, fruit, milk, meat,
Industry: Types--machinery and equipment, metals and metal
products, textiles, autos, chemicals, electrical and
electronic equipment, textiles, processed foods.
Geography of Japan
Area: 377, 835 sq. km. (145,902 sq. mi.); slightly smaller
Cities: Capital--Tokyo. Other cities--Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya,
Sapporo, Kobe, Kyoto, Fukuoka.
Terrain: Rugged, mountainous islands.
Climate: Varies from subtropical to temperate.
Government of Japan
Type: Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government.
Constitution: May 3, 1947.
Branches: Executive--prime minister (head of government).
Legislative--bicameral Diet (House of Representatives and
House of Councillors). Judicial--civil law system based on the
model of Roman law.
Administrative subdivisions: 47 prefectures.
Political parties: Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), Social
Democratic Party (SDP), People’s New Party (PNP), Liberal
Democratic Party (LDP), New Clean Government Party (Komeito),
Japan Communist Party (JCP).
Suffrage: Universal at 20.
Map of Japan
This Map of Japan shows the borders of the country, as well as
rivers, and cities including Tokyo the capital of Japan. (Maps
from the U.S. State Department)
Official Name of Japan
The Official Name of Japan is Japan. (Facts from the U.S.
People of Japan
Nationality: Noun and adjective--Japanese.
Population (2010 est.): 127.08 million.
Population growth rate (2010 est.): -0.191%.
Ethnic groups: Japanese, Korean (0.5%), Chinese (0.4%).
Religions: Shinto and Buddhist; Christian.
Health (2009 est.): Infant mortality rate--2.8/1,000. Life
expectancy--males 79 yrs., females 86 yrs.
Work force (65.9 million, 2010 est.): Services--68%; industry-
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