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Countries of the World: Japan
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, silk, fish. 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 than California. 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. State Department)

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. Language: Japanese. Education: Literacy--99%. 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- -28%; agriculture--4%.

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