More Interesting Facts About Japan

Japan is an island nation consisting of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands that make up 97% of the country’s land area Hokkaido, Kyushu, Honshu, and Shikoku. The country is an amazing place to visit, full of interesting things to discover about their culture and way of life. Japan is known as a leading nation in many breakthrough advances in scientific research, such as in the fields of engineering and natural sciences. Also, Japanese electronics and automotive manufacturing industries account for a large share of the global market.

Here are more things to know about Japan and its people:

  • Late-night dancing was not considered legal in Japan until 2015.
  • Due to Japan being a stratovolcanic (a conical volcano built up by many layers of hardened lava, pumice, tephra, and volcanic ash) archipelago, it suffers 1,500 earthquakes each year.
  • Gate Tower Building is a 16 floor office building in Osaka notable for the highway off ramp at Umeda Exit that passes through the building.Gate Tower Building.| ignis
  • Japan has over 50,000 people who are more than 100 years old.
  • Japan has such a low birth rate that there are more adult diapers sold than baby diapers.
  • The lone Japanese (Hosono Masabumi, 15 October 1870 – 14 March 1939,) who survived the sinking of the Titanic was deemed a coward by the Japanese press for not going down with the ship.

Masabumi Hosono

  • Sleeping on the job is highly acceptable in Japan because it is thought of as exhaustion from working hard.
  • World War II saw Japan bombing China with fleas infected with the bubonic plague.
  • Japan and Russia still have not signed a peace treaty to end WWII because of the disputed Kuril Islands.
  • 685 children were rushed to hospitals in 1997 in Japan, after a Pokémon anime episode that caused dizziness, vomiting, and seizures.
  • Spain has a town (Coria del Rio), where about 700 people share the surname “Japon”. The people were descendants of the delegation from an embassy led by Hasekura Tsunenaga along with 17th-century samurais, who opted to remain in Spain rather than return to Japan.

Hasekura Tsunenaga

  • Japan had the world’s oldest independent company, Kongō Gumi Co., Ltd., a construction company, until it was absorbed as a subsidiary of Takamatsu. It operated from 578 AD until 2006.
  • Square watermelons are grown by Japanese farmers to make them easier to store and stack.
  • Brazil has the largest Japanese community (Nikkei) outside Japan.
  • There are more pets than children in Japan.