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General Information on Japan

Space Shuttle image of Japan from the Shikoku island
and Kansai area at the bottom looking north-north-east.
Sakura and Shinkansen, Mount Fuji and Maiko Geisha, Sumo and Sushi, Tofu and Tsunamis, this is a land of contrasts, where high-tech futuristic gadgets go hand in hand with traditions and values that are centuries old. "Nihon" - literally the Land of the Raising Sun, moved from feudalism to capitalism - and to an advanced form of capitalism - in little more than a hundred years, albeit a unique Japanese model. It is now the second largest economy - set to dominate the next century, despite disturbing trends in a slowdown of the economy.

Presenting a brief country profile on Japan ...

Basic Facts
Capital Tokyo
Area 377,800 square kilometers
145,869 square miles
arable land = 13%
permanent crops = 1%
meadows and pastures = 1%
forest and woodland = 67%
other = 18%
Major cities (1995, in millions)

Population (1995)125.1 million
Population growth rate (1990-1995) 0.3 percent
Population density 331 persons per square kilometer
857.3 persons per square mile
Urbanization (1995)
Percentage Urban
Percentage Rural

77.6 percent
22.4 percent
Life expectancy (1995)

83 years
76 years
Language Japanese
Religions Observe both Shinto and Buddhism

Japanese Economy
Gross Domestic product (GDP) US$ 4.19 trillion (1993)
GDP per capita US$ 26,983 (1991)
Gross domestic product (1991, in percent) Agriculture = 2 %
Industry = 30 %
Construction = 9 %
Services = 59 %
National product
Natl. product real growth rate
Natl. product per capita
Inflation rate (consumer prices)
Unemployment rate
GDP purchasing power parity -
US$ 2.52 trillion (Est 1994)
0.6 % (1994)
US$ 20,200 (1994)
0.7% (1994)
2.9 % (1994)
Major trade goods and partners
Goods: manufactured good (especially machinery, motor vehicles, consumer electronics), chemicals, scientific instruments, photographic equipment, metals and metal products.
Partners: Southeast Asia, United States, western Europe, China.
Imports Goods: Manufactured goods, fossil fuels, food stuffs, and raw materials
Partners: Southeast Asia, United States, western Europe, China. Agriculture Accounts for only 2 percent of the GDP (1991); highly subsidized and protected sector, with crop yields among the highest in the world; principal crops - rice, sugar, barley, taro, vegetables, tea, fruits; fish, animal products. Self-sufficiency to 50 %, shortages of wheat, maize and soybeans.

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