Japan Facts

Here are some interesting facts about Japan

Japan Map

LAND AREA:

377,899 sq km

POPULATION:

127.8m (February 2008)

MAIN TOWNS:

Population in millions (October 2006)

Tokyo (capital; 23 central wards): 8.5

Yokohama: 3.6

Osaka: 2.6

Nagoya: 2.2

Sapporo: 1.9

Kobe: 1.5

Kyoto: 1.5

Fukuoka: 1.4

CLIMATE:

Generally temperate with seasonal winds and typhoons in September-October and, on the Japan Sea side, heavy snow in December- February

WEATHER:

IN TOKYO (ALTITUDE 5.3 METRES): Hottest month, July, 28.5 C; coldest month, January, 4.9 C (2001 data); driest month, February, 23 mm rainfall; wettest month, October, 343 mm rainfall (2001 data)

LANGUAGES:

Japanese

MEASURES:

Mainly metric system. Some local measures are: 1 tsubo=3.3 sq metres; 1 sun=3 cm; 1 ri=4 km; 1 kairi=1.8 km (used for sea distances)

TIME:

9 hours ahead of GMT

CURRENCY:

Yen (¥)=100 sen; average exchange rates in 2007: ¥117.8:US$1, ¥161.2:€1, ¥235.7:£1; exchange rates on March 31st 2008: ¥99.7:US$1, ¥157.7:€1, ¥197.8.1:£1

FISCAL YEAR:

April 1st-March 31st

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:

January 1st, 14th; February 11th; March 20th; April 29th; May 3rd-5th; July 21st; September 15th, 23rd; October 13th; November 3rd, 23rd; December 23rd

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