Discover Japan's deepest general data

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Do you know all the general and deep data of Japan? In this article, we will see various data such as mileage, population, GDP, flag, economic data and others. A very generic article with the main data of the country.

The flag of Japan displays a circle that represents the Sun and has been used since 1870. We already know that Japan is a first world country, with a giant economy, owner of the third largest GDP in the world in 2016.

So, may I ask, do you know what that means? I think many will answer that it is a leading country in the world, or that Japan has a very well-established economy and constant growth in its attributes. Will it really?

Data they disclose about Japan

We can say that what we are told on television and on most websites are just “raw” data, that is, without being refined. This does not mean that they are useless, but it also means that they are vague in a sense.

Today we are going to try to dig deeper into some data from Japan. For example, we can say that Japan has a huge economy. But there is other information that they do not disclose. That's why I'm here, to help you learn more about Japan, and not just ramble on with vague and not very helpful data. So let's start.

General information about Japan

First of all, we know that it is in Asia, but precisely in East Asia, it is not lightly that they say that “Japan is on the other side of the world”. Their surface area, in square kilometers (Km²), is equal to 377,930, it's not good to ask how they know this.

An interesting fact is the population that lives in Japan (in 2017), there were 127,484,000 people, that's right, it's not in vain that they have a serious problem with overcrowding.

Its population density (in 2017) reached 349.7 people/km². Just by way of comparison, the United States in 2017 had a population density of 32.21 people/km², while Brazil, also in 2017, had 24.81 people/km².

Now some less obvious data. To begin with, the proportion of women and men is 95.4 women/100 men. The population of the capital Tokyo is 9 237 000 people in 2015. The currency of Japan is the Yen.

For those who watch anime, this is not new news, but it's worth being here anyway. The Yen exchange rate (per US $) is 116.8. Or for ease of understanding, 1 Japanese Yen is equal to 0.00856164383561 (rounded up to, 0.0086) US Dollar (in 2017).

Discover Japan's Deepest General Data
  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Population: +- 127,000,000 inhabitants
  • Government Regime: parliamentary monarchy
  • Monarch: Emperor Akhito
  • Religion: shinto, buddhism
  • Language: japanese, nihongo, 日本語
  • Coin: yen yen en 円

the flag of japan

The flag of Japan features a circle representing the Sun and has been in use since 1870. The flag of Japan has a rectangular white shape with a large red disk in the center measuring 2:3. She is officially called Nisshōki [日章旗 Sun Banner], although she is better known as Hinomaru [日の丸 Sun Disk].

Discover Japan's Deepest General Data

Japan economic data

After general information, we move on to information focused on this nation's economy. I don't intend to turn this into a math book, where we see thousands of numbers and few letters, however when we discuss things like economics, it is accurate.

For starters, we need to know that the Japanese GDP in 2017 was an incredible 4,383,076 trillion dollars, with a GDP growth rate of 1.2% annually. Yes, a big country needs numbers to match. All this money has its origins, and Japan has 3 main sectors, they are:

Agriculture: this sector is small in Japan compared to Brazil or the United States, but it has a relevant importance. This sector contributes 1.2% to the economy. This sector is also responsible for generating 3.7% of the jobs in the country.

Industries: responsible for a large part of the country's revenue. This sector alone contributes 26.4% of the economy, after all this country is famous for its large factories and its disciplined workforce. With this size, Japan's industry generates 26.5% of the country's jobs.

Services and other activities: despite being listed in just one topic, this sector includes several branches and extends to dozens or hundreds of other businesses, which encompass sectors of IT, engineering, development, research, etc.

Several others, but it is not relevant to specify them or their information. That's why it's listed as just one topic. These sectors are responsible for a large percentage of the economy, which reaches 72.4% of revenue, and generates 69.8% of jobs. This, as in many other countries, is the main sector in Japan.

Japan international trade

Finally, we will see some information about Japan's trade with other countries, this is an interesting topic, as Japan spent about 200 years in a kind of isolation. And it only came out of it in the mid-nineteenth century. 150 years may seem like a lot, but for the history of a country, it has a huge effect.

If we compare, World War II is almost 80 years old, World War I is almost 100 years old, and they constantly affect international relations and various policies around the world. Anyway, let's get to it.

Japan's biggest trading partners are China and the United States, both of whom take turns leading this partnership with Japan in imports and exports. In the case of imports from Japan, China leads with 25.8% of the total made by Japan, the US comes in second place with 11.4% of the total volume.

In exports, the scenario is reversed, with the US leading with 20.2% of the total, and China follows with 17.6%. These data are from the year 2016.

Discover Japan's Deepest General Data

Japan's balance of trade

Trade balance, is a term used to designate the relationship between imports and exports that a country has made during a period of time, in our case we will use year as this period.

Japan exports more than it imports, this generates a surplus, which is extremely important for the country, since it shows and defines the strength that the economy has, that is, the more exports the economy grows and the bigger it gets, thus affecting the entire country at all levels. Putting it in numbers we have the following:

  • Import traffic that Japan carried out: 606 924 000 000 US Dollars;
  • Export traffic that Japan carried out: 644 932 000 000 US Dollars;

With these two numbers generates a third, which is the subtraction of exports by imports. If the result is positive, we call it a surplus, if it is negative, we call it a deficit. In the case of Japan there is a surplus of 38 008 000 000 US dollars. A relatively high number.

There are several other specific data about Japan, but I won't put them here because it would be tedious and tiresome. So we will end this post here.

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