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Map of Japan

Continent Asia

Region – Eastern Asia

Size – 377,915 km²

Geography – chain of islands, mostly rugged hills, mountainous

Language – Japanese

Religion – Shintoism 83.9%, Buddhism 71.9%, Christianity 2%, other 7.8% (many people practice both Shintoism and Buddhism)

Monetary Unit – Yen


Natural Resources – no minerals, fish

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

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

Map of Japan

Neighbouring Countries – None (island group)

Population –  127,103,388 (2014 estimate)

Population Growth Rate – -0.13%

Average Life Expectancy – 84.46

Capital City – Tokyo (37,217,000)

Highest Mountain – Fujiyama (3,776m)

Longest River – Shinano (367 km)

Climate – Tropical south wet and warm 18°C to 30°C, cool temperate north – cold winters – -5°C to 4°C, warm summers – 15°C to 22°C

Yearly Rainfall – South – 200 cm (approx) mostly in June to September, North – 120cm (approx)

Plant Life – fir, spruce, larch, oak, maple, linden, birch, ash, elm, walnut, cherry trees, sugarcane and citrus fruits

Animal Life – Japanese macaque, brown bear, ermine, mink, raccoon dog, fox, wolf, walrus, seal, spiny mouse, ryukyu rabbit, sika deer, giant salamander

Marine Life – crabs and shrimp, many fish species

Bird Life – Cormorants, herons, swans, ducks, cranes, sparrows, thrushes, robins, swallows, nightingales


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Japan. Available: https://www.naturalhistoryonthenet.com/Facts_Figures/Country_Facts/japan.htm. Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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