Photo: Nara City Sightseeing Information Center, Kofuku-ji Temple
Photo taken by Tatehiko Yano
Japan :Summary

Prime Minister

Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister
Assumed the Prime Minister’s office of Japan on December, 2012



Location

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Area

377,971 km2

Population

127.09 million (2015)
Men: 61.84 million    Women: 65.25 million

GDP

Nominal: 532.1914 trillion JPY,
Real: 517.1953 trillion JPY (both 2015)

Capital

Tokyo

Language

Japanese

Geographic features, climates

 Japan is a bow-shaped island country lying between the Pacific Ocean and east Asian continent. It consists of four main islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, Kyushu and many small islands. Mountains occupy three fourths of the land area and there are many 3,000m level mountains in the place called “the roof of Japan”, in the center part of Honshu island.

 Located in the circum-Pacific orogenic zone, Japan has volcanic belts. Of all the volcanoes in the country, 80 of them are volcanically active and affect the occurrence of earthquakes. On the other hand, volcanic mountains are sources of tourist attractions. Places such as Nikko, Hakone and Izu are very popular among tourists for hot springs and beautiful landscape.

 The climate of Japan is characterized by four distinct seasons. Japanese Archipelago extends from north to south and includes the subarctic zone in Hokkaido, temperate zone from Tohoku (north part of Honshu) through Kyushu, and the subtropical zone in Okinawa.

Symbols

National flower: Cherry
National anthem: Kimigayo

(As of January 15, 2013)