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Japan

Japan
  • Capital

    Capital

    Tokyo

  • Local time

    Local time

    18:26

  • Population

    Population

    126.29 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Left

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +81

  • Currency

    Currency

    ¥ JPY (yen)

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Japan

Japan
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  • Capital

    Capital

    Tokyo

  • Local time

    Local time

    18:26

  • Population

    Population

    126.29 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Left

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +81

  • Currency

    Currency

    ¥ JPY (yen)

  • Average Salary

    Average Salary

    $ 3 167

  • Petrol price

    Petrol price

    € 1.38 pl

  • Precipitation

    Precipitation

    1 668mm /year

Geography & travel

  • Country Area

    Country Area

    377 835 km2

  • Protected Area

    Protected Area

    19%

  • Forest Area

    Forest Area

    69%

  • Agricultural area

    Agricultural area

    12%

  • Railways

    Railways

    16704km

  • Annual air passengers

    Annual air passengers

    117.71 m

Population

  • Ethnicity

    Ethnicity

    Japanese - 99 %
    Korean
    Chinese

  • Religion

    Religion

    Shintoist and Buddhist - 84 %
    other - 16 %
    other - 16 %

  • Languages

    Languages

    Japanese

  • Armed Forces

    Armed Forces

    259 800

  • Alcohol consumption

    Alcohol consumption

    7.5 l/person

  • Smoking

    Smoking

    33.7%

  • Diabetes

    Diabetes

    5.7%

  • Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis

    17 per 100k

Economy

  • Industries

    Industries

    motor vehicles, electronic equipment, machine tools, steel and nonferrous metals, ships, chemicals, textiles, processed foods

  • Agriculture

    Agriculture

    rice, sugar beets, vegetables, fruit, pork, poultry, dairy products, eggs, fish

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    mineral resources, fish

  • Energy Import

    Energy Import

    94%

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    mineral resources, fish

  • Renewable Energy

    Renewable Energy

    5%

  • CO2 Emissions

    CO2 Emissions

    1 214 048kt

  • Ease of Business

    Ease of Business

    34 (Best=1, Worst=200)

  • ATMs per 100k people

    ATMs per 100k people

    128

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What not to do when visiting Japan

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Business & Communication

Don't forget to bring a gift such as a little souvenir from your native city. It's rude to visit a Japanese home without one.

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Don't put thumb in between your middle and index finger while making a fist - it's an obscene gesture.

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Don't put feet on the furniture - it's considered extremely rude.

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Did you know

Did you know?

Venetian blinds were invented in Japan.

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Street & Behavioral

Don't take photos of geisha without asking permission.

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5/55
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Don't take food from the serving plate with chopsticks that you've eaten from. Instead, use another pair of chopsticks.

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Don't sneeze, spit or burp in public.

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Don't forget to bring your palms together at your chest in a gesture called "gassshou" when invited to family home to eat. Say "itadakimasu" to the person who prepared the meal before taking the first bite. Appreciate the plate arrangement too. At the end of meal say "gochisousama" to further express your gratitude.

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Don't start drinking until everyone at the table is served and the glasses are raised to toast. The Japanese drinking salute is usually "Kampai!"

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Did you know

Did you know?

You can buy square watermelons in Japan (developed to stack better in supermarkets).

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Street & Behavioral

Don't give the gifts with both hands and don't open a wrapped gift until later.

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10/55
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Don't enter a Japanese home with shoes - it's customary to remove your shoes at the door in Japan.

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Don't stick your chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice - it's a funeral rite in Japan.

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Don't do hugging in public.

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13/55
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Don't be shy to use the honorific suffix "san" when addressing all men and women.

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Did you know?

Japanese people don't have middle names.

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Business & Communication

Don't dress in casual attire in the workplace - dress appropriately for business. A suit and tie for men and a dress or pantyhose for women.

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Don't directly eat the food taken from served communal platters - always put the food on your plate before eating it.

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Don't put your elbows on the table.

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17/55
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Don't bring your mouth down to the bowl with your soup dish. You can bring a soup dish up to your mouth.

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18/55
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Don't just look - hold up your glass when someone is pouring sake for you. If someone is pouring you wine, you can leave your glass on the table.

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Did you know

Did you know?

The national anthems of Japan, Jordan, and San Marino each have only four lines.

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Business & Communication

Don't always consider "yes" as a positive answer. Be aware that vague "yes" does not always mean "yes" in Japanese culture. A straightforward refusal traditionally does not form part of Japanese etiquette.

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20/55
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Street & Behavioral

Don't forget to bow when you thank somebody. You can say "thank you" or "domo arigato" in Japanese, and tilt your head a little bit forward to show a gesture of appreciation.

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Street & Behavioral

Don't point at dishes with your chopsticks.

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Street & Behavioral

Don't pick food off your chopsticks.

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Street & Behavioral

Don't necessarily empty the glass when finished, you can say so while placing your hand over the glass.

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Did you know

Did you know?

Japan is the 3rd largest consumer of coffee.

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Street & Behavioral

Don't forget to sit with both feet on the floor when dining on the floor.

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Street & Behavioral

Don't put your chopsticks together and use them as spoon.

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Street & Behavioral

Don't use chopsticks like a fork and knife to cut your food.

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Don't sit or stand on Buddha statue for taking a picture. This can lead to stay in prison.

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Business & Communication

Don't sit until told where to sit when gathering or in business - usually, there is a seating arrangement based on professional status.

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Did you know

Did you know?

In Japanese culture, blue and green are considered different shades of the same colour. Traffic lights there have blue instead of green for “go.”.

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29/55
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Business & Communication

Don't stand once the meeting is finished until the person with the highest professional status stands.

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Street & Behavioral

Don't be surprised of not finding many trash cans in the street. In such case carry the trash all the way home.

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Don't give 4 or 9 of anything to a Japanese person. These numbers are believed to be unlucky and your gift will not be appreciated.

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Street & Behavioral

Don't eat and drink while walking in public. No food and drink taken in at a store.

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Don't give a tip in Japan restaurants - it's not widely understood concept and the recipient could even find it insulting.

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Don't talk on your phone when in restaurants or public transport. Turn it off in theatres and museums.

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Don't point to your chest for saying "me" or "I" - Japanese point to one's nose instead.

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Don't make a long eye contact - it's tactless.

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Don’t forget to show respect when greeting. While foreigners are expected to shake hands, the traditional form of greeting is the bow - the deeper you bow, the more respect you show. A foreign visitor ('gaijin') may bow the head slightly since no one expects foreigners to understand the subtle nuances of bowing generally.

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Business & Communication

Don't be surprised - Japanese meals are typically one soup, three sides, rice and pickles.

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39/55
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Street & Behavioral

Don't forget about the toilet slippers - Japanese usually have a dedicated set of slippers for toilet area usage.

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Don’t lose face or cause losing face of anyone else - it’s a mark of personal dignity and status. Japanese believe that turning down someone’s request can cause a loss of face. They use to say ”it’s inconvenient” or ”it’s under consideration”.

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Social Events

Don't pour your own drink - it's customary your friends or colleagues keep each other's glasses full or bottomless.

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42/55
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Street & Behavioral

Don't go into an "Onsen" without washing first and don't go into the bathing area with a towel wrapped around you - you'll just look silly. Embrace the nudity.

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Business & Communication

Don't be confused when looking up an address - you will see postal code first, followed by prefecture, municipality, town, district, land number and then building name.

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Social Events

Don't douse rice into soy sauce.

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45/55
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Business & Communication

Don’t forget to check local disaster preparedness and know what to do in such cases - Japanese are well organised in this as occasional earthquakes are common.

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Don’t forget the Japanese maintain an impassive expression when speaking. Watch out for inhaling through clenched teeth, tilting the head, scratching the back of the head or scratching the eyebrow.

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Don't be upset when your plates are taken away soon after you finished eating - it's common in Japan and considered as a polite manner. People may be upset if their plates are left on the table for long. After your table is cleared, you may stay and chat for a while before leaving, and some restaurants even serve you a cup of hot tea for free.

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Don’t work in Japan while in tourist or visa-waiver status - it’s illegal. Don’t overstay your visa.

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Don’t possess a knife with a locking or folding blade that is longer than 5.5cm - it’s illegal.

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Social Events

Don’t necessarily stare to another person’s eyes too long, especially if the person is senior to you - it’s disrespectful.

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