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Japanese TempleJapanese Facts & Information
From the somewhat mundane, to the outright wacky, this area of the Japanese business guide will cover basic facts about Japan and Japanese culture. Use these to help you when attemting to strike up a conversion in any Japanese business or social setting.

GENERAL:
Government: Parliamentary system with constitutional monarchy.
Capital City: Tokyo.
Geographic Coordinates: 36 00 N, 138 00 E
Land Area: 377,915 sq km
Land Area (Comparison to USA): Just slightly smaller than the state of California
Population: 127,368,088 (2012 estimated)
Population (by City): Tokyo 36.507 million people, Osaka-Kobe 11.325 millionpeople, Nagoya 3.257 million people, Fukuoka-Kitakyushu 2.809 million people, Sapporo 2.673 million people (2009 estimated)
Ethnic Groups: Japanese 98.5%, Korean 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%, other 0.6%
Religion: Shintoism 83.9%, Buddhism 71.4%, Christianity 2%, other 7.8% (exceeds 100% as many belong to more than one religious group)
Life Expectancy: Average: 83.91 years, Male: 80.57 years, Female: 87.43 years
Literacy Rate: 99%
Internet Users: 99.182 million (2009 estimated.)

ECONOMIC:
GDP: $4.389 trillion (2011 estimated)
GDP (by sector): Agriculture: 1.4%, Industry: 24%, Services: 74.6% (2011 estimated)
GDP (per capita): $34,300 (2011 estimated)
Currency: Yen.
Population below poverty line: 16% (2007 estimated)
Unemployment rate: 4.8% (2011 estimated)
Labor force: 64.97 million (June 2006 estimated)
Agricultural Products: Dairy Products, Eggs, Fish, Fruit, Pork, Poultry, Rice, Sugar beets, Vegetables
Electricity (Production): 937.6 billion kWh (2011 estimated) / Ranked #4 in the world
Electricity (Consumption): 859.7 billion kWh (2011 estimated) / Ranked #4 in the world
Electricity (Imports/Exports): 0 kWh / 0 kHh
Oil (Production): 131,800 bbl/day (2011 estimated)
Oil (Consumption): 4.452 million bbl/day (2011 estimated)
Export Partners: China 19.4%, US 15.7%, South Korea 8.1%, Hong Kong 5.5%, Thailand 4.4% (2010 estimated)
Imports (Commodities): petroleum 15.5%; liquid natural gas 5.7%; clothing 3.9%; semiconductors 3.5%; coal 3.5%; audio and visual apparatus 2.7% (2010 estimated)
Import Partners: China 22.1%, US 9.9%, Australia 6.5%, Saudi Arabia 5.2%, UAE 4.2%, South Korea 4.1%, Indonesia 4.1% (2010 estimated)

TRANSPORTATION:
Airports: 176 (2010 estimated.)
Heliports: 15 (2010 estimated.)
Ports / Terminals: Chiba, Kawasaki, Kobe, Mizushima, Moji, Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Tomakomai, Yokohama

UNCOMMON FACTS:
Fish: The world's largest fish market, Tsukiji Fish Market, is located in Tokyo.
Vending Machines: Vending machines in Japan are extremely popular and sell everything from beer to pornography.
Writing: There are many different writing systems in Japan including, Chinese (kanji), Hiragana, Katakana and Romanji.
Mountains: Over seventy percent of Japan's land is made up of mountains, including over 200 volcanoes.
Valentine's Day: In Japan, on Valentine's Day men typically receive gifts from women.
White Day: White Day is a holiday in Japan, exactly one month later on March 14 where men return the favor.
Food: A popular food in Japan is raw horse meat.
Sumo: Sumo is the official national sport of Japan.

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