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CIA World Factbook -- Japan
Contains more than just population demographics and trade information; you can find out many televisions are in use and read up on environmental concerns. From the CIA World Fact Book.

Housing, Food and Clothes
This page describes how people live in Japan. It includes Q&A such as, "Why do the Japanese take their shoes off when entering the house?," "How do people take a bath in Japan?," "Do the Japanese keep pets?," etc.

Living in Japan
This site contains a lot of practical information for those who are planning to live in Japan.

Hanko - Family and Business Seal
"Even though nowadays in package delivery, autograph can be used to verify person's identity, traditional Japanese seal, known as hanko, has still remained as very important tool in life in Japan."

It is surprising for us that many people in the world cannot tell where Japan is located. Look, the red islands on the map above is Japan (We use this type of arrangement for world map, which puts Pacific Ocean the center so that our country comes near the center of the globe).

This page includes data of: - Area - Climate - Population - Currency - GNP/GDP - Int'l Balance - (most data as of 1997 - sorry for not updating)

Area:

  • total area: 377,812 sq km
    extension: approx. 3000 km
    islands: roughly 7000
    latitudes: 2025'N to 4533', 3540' in Tokyo
    comparative area: slightly smaller than California
  • Climate:
    • Since Japan extends a long distance from south to north, it varies from subtropical to subarctic. Average temparature in Tokyo is 5.2 C in January while 27.1 C in August.
      Seasonal conditions (in Tokyo area):
      • sometimes snow in winter
      • mild in spring
      • rainy in June to July (baiu)
      • humid and hot in summer
      • typhoon in Septemer to October
      • cool in autumn
    • roughly.
  • Terrain:
    • mostly rugged and mountainous:
      • 53% mountains
      • 7% volcanic
      • 11% hills
      • 4% piedmont
      • 12% plateau
      • 13% lowland
  • Population:
    • 125,034 thousands (Oct. 1994)
  • Life expectancy at birth:
    • total population: 79.31 years
      male: 76.47 years
      female: 82.28 years (1994 est.)
  • Currency:
    • yen ()
  • Exchange rates:
    • yen () per US$1 - around 120 (March 1997), 105.84 (January 1996), 94.06 (1995), 102.21 (1994), 111.20 (1993), 126.65 (1992), 134.71 (1991), 144.79 (1990), 137.96 (1989)
  • GNP & GDP:
    • Calendar 1996 (QE base)
      N-GNP: 505,813 billion yen
      R-GNP: 483,086 billion yen
      N-GDP: 500,356 billion yen
      R-GDP: 477,871 billion yen
      (N- stands for nominal, R- for real)
  • International Balance of Payments (1994):
    • Current balance      129,140
    • Trade balance      145,944
    •   Exports          384,176
    •   Imports          238,232
    • Invisible balance  -9,296
    • Transfer balance   -7,508
    • Long-term capital    -82,037
    • Basic balance        47,103
    • Short-term capital   -8,897
    • Errors/omissions     -17,778
    • Overall balance      20,428

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