20 Things You Do Not Know About Japan

We know Japan is a country full of beautiful sakura watching spots, delicious sushi, and is rich in unique culture. But there are some things that many of us are not aware of about Japan.


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1. Japan, which is called "Nihon" or "Nippon" in Japanese, is made up of 6,852 islands


2. There is an average of 1500 earthquakes yearly in Japan due to its location in the Ring of Fire (but most of them can't be feld)

3. Trains in Japan are the most punctual in the world with an average delay of only 18 seconds

4. There are more pets than children in Japan


5. More than 50,000 people in Japan are over 100 years old. About 21% of the country's population is elderly - one of the highest proportions in the world


6. Rumors say that adult diapers are sold more than baby diapers in Japan


7. There are about 5.52 million vending machines around the country

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8. In Some company it is accepatable to sleep during working hours as it is seen as being tired from hard work (though there are rules)


9. Many mobile phones are waterproof in Japan, because teenagers are using them even in the shower


10. Almost everyone can read and write in Japan; literacy is about 99%

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Japan's Literacy Rate available on the CIA's website
Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
Total population: 99%
Male: 99%
Female: 99% (2002)


11. There are 18 World Heritage Sites in Japan - 14 cultural and 4 natural sites

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This is one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama located in Gifu. The title was awarded to the site in 1995.


12. In Japan, people are interested in your blood type - it is a common question just like someone asking your Zodiac sign

Check this article for more details:

What does your blood type say about you in Japan?


13. The world's oldest company, Kango Gumi, had a history of 14 centuries and operated from 578 to 2006 in Osaka, Japan

Kongo Gumi's employees in the early 20th century

Kongo Gumi Co. Ltd. was a construction company specializing in temple buildings. It was handed down among 40 generations since the company started in year 578.

14. Square watermelons are produced in Japan to ease the burden among the farmers to stack and store the fruits


15. There are three writing systems in the Japanese language - hiragana, katakana, and kanji


16. Do not expect to get cheaper electronic gadgets in Japan

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17. Public transport is expensive in Japan


Although known for its efficiency, public transports in Japan can cost you a lot. If you plan to travel throughout Japan, make sure to get the discount JR Pass while you're still overseas. (It's unavailable within Japan.)

18. Toilets in Japan are very high technology. After all, you are in the country known for its high-tech gadgets


19. On average, Japan has 2 gun-related homicides per year


20. Dancing in commercial buildings including nightclubs is illegal in Japan without a permit


(Facts source: www.factslides.com)

The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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