Japan

Japan is an island nation in East Asia. It is located in the Pacific Ocean; lies at the east of the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea, China, Korea and Russia, extending from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the southwest. The kanji that make up Japan’s name stand for “sun origin”, and it is also called the “Land of the Rising Sun”.

The country is a archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands of Japan are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku, which make up about 97% of Japan’s land area. Japan is divided into 47 prefectures in eight different regions.

The population of Japan is 127,110,047 people which are the tenth largest populous country in the world. Tokyo is the capital of Japan and approx 9.1 million people currently live in the core city of Japan.

Japan is considered a great power and one of the members of the UN, the G7, the G8 and the G20. The country is the third-largest economy in the world by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest economy in the world by purchasing power parity.

It is also fourth-largest exporter and fourth-largest importer in the world. The country has a highly skilled workforce and world’s most educated countries and the one of the highest percentage of its populace achieving a tertiary education degree.

The country has officially abandoned its right to declare war, but it maintains a modern military with the eighth largest military budget in the world that used for self-defense and peacekeeping activities.

Japan is a most developed country has a very high living standard and Human Development Index. The population of Japan enjoys the maximum life expectancy and world’s third lowest infant mortality.

Japan Location Map | Where Is Japan Located

Japan is located in the Pacific Ocean; lies at the east of the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea, China, Korea and Russia, extending from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the southwest. The kanji that make up Japan’s name stand for “sun origin”, and it is also called the “Land of the Rising Sun”.

The country is a archipelago of 6,852 islands. The population of Japan is 127,110,047 people which are the tenth largest populous country in the world. Tokyo is the capital of Japan and approx 9.1 million people currently live in the core city of Japan.

List of Cities in Japan

This is a list of cities in Japan, sorted by founding date and prefecture. There are 6 provinces and 47 cities in Japan. The list cities in Japan given below:

  • Hokkaidō
    1. Hokkaidō
  • Tōhoku
    1. Aomori
    2. Iwate
    3. Miyagi
    4. Akita
    5. Yamagata
    6. Fukushima
  • Kantō
    1. Ibaraki
    2. Tochigi
    3. Gunma
    4. Saitama
    5. Chiba
    6. Tōkyō
    7. Kanagawa
  • Chūbu
    1. Niigata
    2. Toyama
    3. Ishikawa
    4. Fukui
    5. Yamanashi
    6. Nagano
    7. Gifu
    8. Shizuoka
    9. Aichi
  • Kansai
    1. Mie
    2. Shiga
    3. Kyōto
    4. Ōsaka
    5. Hyōgo
    6. Nara
    7. Wakayama
  • Chūgoku
    1. Tottori
    2. Shimane
    3. Okayama
    4. Hiroshima
    5. Yamaguchi
  • Shikoku
    1. Tokushima
    2. Kagawa
    3. Ehime
    4. Kōchi
  • Kyūshū
    1. Fukuoka
    2. Saga
    3. Nagasaki
    4. Kumamoto
    5. Ōita
    6. Miyazaki
    7. Kagoshima
    8. Okinawa

Largest City in Japan

Nagoya is the largest city in Japan has a total area of 326.43 km2 and 2.38 million people. It is third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan. Nagoya, the biggest city in Japan is situated on the Pacific coast on central Honshu. Nagoya is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and it is one of the major ports in Japan along with Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Chiba, and Kitakyushu.

Top 10 Cities in Japan

Japan is the tenth most populated country in the world with a population of 127,110,047 people. The area of Japan is consists of by over 6,000 different islands in the Pacific Ocean. Although this country is made up of so many islands, but only 430 of these islands are inhabited. We have listed top 10 cities in Japan based on the population and living standard of the country. The top 10 cities in Japan are:

  1. Tokyo                   8,336,599
  2. Yokohama          3,574,443
  3. Osaka                   2,592,413
  4. Nagoya 2,191,279
  5. Sapporo 1,883,027
  6. Kobe                    1,528,478
  7. Kyoto 1,459,640
  8. Fukuoka              1,392,289
  9. Kawasaki            1,306,785
  10. Saitama               1,193,350

Most Populated City in Japan

Tokyo is the most populated city in Japan has a total population of 8,336,599 peoples and the total area is 2,187.66 km2. It is located in Eastern central Honshu, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan. As the most populated city in Japan, ethnic composition is 98% Japanese and 2% other. Greater Tokyo is the most populous metropolitan area in the world and is the hub of Japanese culture, finance, and government. A busy cosmopolitan city, Tokyo is also a major shipping hub and a world economic and industrial center.

Main Cities in Japan

Japan is a comparatively small country with large and heavily populated urban cities. It hones 11 cities with the populations of over one million people. Approximately 100 million Japanese currently live in urban areas. Main cities in Japan are: Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Kobe, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Kawasaki and Saitama.

Most Developed City in Japan

Tokyo is the most developed city in Japan which is the most populous metropolitan area in the world and is the hub of Japanese culture, finance, and government. A busy cosmopolitan city, Tokyo is also a major shipping hub and a world economic and industrial center.

History of Japan

Archaeological research signifies that Japan was inhabited on the Upper Paleolithic period. The first composed mention of Japan is in Chinese history writings from the 1st century AD. Impact from different regions, mainly China, trailed by periods of isolation, especially from Western Europe, has described Japan’s history. From the twelfth century until 1868, Japan was controlled by successive feudal military shoguns who administered in the name of the Emperor.

Japan went into a long phase of isolation in the mid seventeenth century, which was finished in 1853 when an American fleet forced Japan to open toward the West. After about two decades of internal clash and insurgence, the Imperial Court recaptured its political power in 1868 through the assistance of a few groups from Chōshū and Satsuma, and then the Empire of Japan was developed.

In the late 19th and mid twentieth from Chōshū and Satsuma, and the Empire of Japan was established. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, victories in the Russo-Japanese War, the First Sino-Japanese War, and World War I permitted Japan to grow its empire during a period of expanding militarism.

The Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937 ventured into a portion of World War II in 1941, which arrived at an end in 1945 after the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since embracing its modified constitution in 1947, Japan has kept up a unitary constitutional government with an Emperor and a elected legislature called the National Diet.

Languages of Japan

Japanese is the official language of Japan,  most widely spoken language in Japan, which is divided into a large number of dialects where Tokyo dialect considered standard Japanese. Ryukyuan languages are used in Okinawa and areas of Kagoshima in the Ryukyu Islands. These languages in Japan are also part of the Japonic language family, but they are split languages, and are not equally intelligible with Japanese, even with each other. All of the utilized Ryukyuan languages are classified by UNESCO as rare.

In Hokkaido, there are spoken Ainu languages, which are used by the Ainu people, who are indigenous people of Japan. Enormously diverse from Japanese, Ainu languages are secluded languages which do not considered at any language family. Japanese has become extensively used with the Ainu people and consequently Ainu languages in the Meiji period have been classified critically endangered by UNESCO.

Additionaly, languages in Japan for example: Evenki, Orok and Nivkh spoken in previously Japanese controlled southern Karafuto which known as Sakhalin in Russian are also becoming more and more endangered. Later on the Soviet Union controlled the region, peoples of these used languages and their children migrated to mainland Japan and till now exist but in small numbers.

Japan Population

The present population of Japan is 127,110,047 people, the tenth most populous country in the world which equivalent to 1.72% of world’s total population. With comparison of last year’s population, it is an decrement of 0.12% that is approx -1,49,311 people. In this year the natural increase of population of the country is negative that means the number of births is less than the number of deaths. The sex (male/female) ratio of the total population is 0.949 in order to 949 males per 1,000 females that is low than global sex ratio (1.016). If the numbers of external migration will same on the previous year, the population of Japan will be increase by 69,594 that means that the amount of people who leave Japan to stay permanently in different country (emigrants) will exceeds the amount of people who come into the country to facilitate to stay there as permanent residents (immigrants). The population of Japan will be amplified by 409 persons daily in 2016. The daily change rates for population of Japan on are:

  • 2,874 births average per day (119.75 in a hour)
  • 3,474 deaths average per day (144.73 in a hour)
  • 191 immigrants average per day (7.94 in a hour)

Weather of Japan

Most regions of Japan are the temperate zone with humid subtropical climate characterized by four distinct seasons such as much of Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, belong to. However, the weather of Japan varies from cool humid continental climate in the north such as northern Hokkaido, to warm tropical rainforest climate in the south such as Ishigaki in the Yaeyama Islands.

The two major factors influences weather of Japan are a location near the Asian continent and the subsistence of major oceanic currents. Two major ocean current affect Japan,: the cold Oyashio Current also known as the Okhotsk Current and the warm Kuroshio Current also known as the Japan Current. The Kuroshio Current goes northward on the Pacific side and warms areas as north as the South Kantō region; the Tsushima Current, flows over the Sea of Japan surface.

The Oyashio Current, which proliferates in plankton helpful to coldwater fish, flows southward to the northern Pacific, cooling neighboring coastal areas. The junction of these currents at 36 north latitude is a generous fishing ground.

The weather in Japan is normally temperate, with four distinct seasons:

Winter: Starts from December and ends at February, is very dry and sunny along the Pacific coast and the weathers rarely falls below 32°F.  As a result, the Central and Northern areas experience snowfall.  However, the Southern part of Japan is relatively temperate and experiences a mild winter.

Spring: Starts from March and ends at May.  Temperatures are warm but not too high and there isn’t too much rain.  The most famous cherry blossoms are out on this season and there are several festivals to enjoy.

Summer: Starts from June and ends at August. The country experiences a month rainy season while farmers plant rice.  It is very hot and humid during this time.

Autumn: Starts from September and ends at November, is characterized by light breezes and cooler temperatures of approximately 46-50°F.  There are many exhibitions, sports tournaments and music concerts are held in Japan.