Facts to know about Japan

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  • The Japanese name for Japan is “Nihon” or “Nippon” which means “sun-origin”.
  • Due to gases produced by power plants, Japan sometimes suffers from acid rain.
  • Japan suffers 1,500 earthquakes every year.
  • Japan has more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years old.
  • Japanese Trains are among the world’s most punctual: their average delay is just18 seconds.
  • In Korea and Japan, there is a Cat Cafe where you can go to drink coffee and hang out with cats for hours.
  • Sleeping on the job is acceptable in Japan, as it’s viewed as exhaustion from working hard.
  • Japan and Russia still  haven’t signed a peace treaty to end World War II due to the Kuril Islands dispute.
  • Black cats are considered to bring good luck in Japan.
  • In Japan, there’s a train that “floats” above the tracks by magnetism, reaching 500 km/h (311 mph).
  • Over 70% of Japan consists of mountains. The country also has over 200 volcanoes.
  • A Paleolithic culture from about 30,000 BC is the first known inhabitants of Japan.
  • Japan has produced 15 Nobel laureates (in chemistry, medicine and physics), 3 Fields medalists and one Gauss Prize laureate.
  • Japan is an island nation surrounded by the Sea of Japan to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West.
  • Japan’s unemployment rate is less than 4%
  • Japan is the world’s largest consumer of Amazon rainforest timber.
  • Japan produces 60% of the world’s animated TV shows.
  • Many couples in Japan celebrate Christmas like Valentine’s Day.  It is definitely more of a “lovers” holiday in Japan.
  •  Noodles, especially soba (buckwheat), are slurped somewhat loudly when eaten. It has been said slurping indicates the food is delicious.  The slurping also serves to cool down the hot noodles for eating.
  • Average life expectancy in Japan is one of the highest in the world. Japanese people live an average of 4 years longer than Americans.
  • Japan is the largest automobile producer in the world. Some of the most well-known companies in the world are Japanese such as Toyota, Honda, Sony, Nintendo, Canon, Panasonic, Toshiba, and Sharp.
  • Tokyo is the 2nd most expensive city to live in the world.
  • Late – night dancing is illegal in Japan.

 

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