Where is Japan?

Located in Eastern Asia, Japan is an island nation. It has a 29,751.00 km coastline. Sovereignty disputes exist between Japan and Russia over what Japan calls the "northern territories".

Japan is an Asian country covering 377,915.00 km2 of which 3.55% is water and 364,485.00 km2 is land. The area includes Bonin Islands (Ogasawara-gunto), Daito-shoto, Minami-jima, Okino-tori-shima, Ryukyu Islands (Nansei-shoto), and Volcano Islands (Kazan-retto). This makes it the 61st largest country in the world and slightly smaller than California. Its geographic coordinates are 36 00 N, 138 00 E and Tokyo is the capital city.

The English word for Japan comes from the Chinese name for the country, "Cipangu".

Its ISO code is JP.


Japan has a mean elevation of 438 m above sea level.

Its climate varies from tropical in the south to cool and temperate in the north. Its terrain is mostly rugged and mountainous.


Japan has a population of 126,702,133 making it the 10th largest in the world. One-third of the population lives in and around Tokyo.

Japanese is the official language. The majority ethnic group is Japanese. The majority of the population practices Shintoism.

The dialing code for the country is 81.


Japan is an independent country. Its current constitution was adopted in 1947. Its constitution was last ratified in 1947.


Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Japan's GDP is $4,930,000,000,000.00 (USD) with $38,900.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 4th largest economy and its citizens the 42nd richest in the world. The currency of Japan is the Yen (JPY).

Its major export partners are the United States, China, and South Korea. Its main exports are motor vehicles, iron and steel products, and semiconductors. Its major import partners are China, the United States, and Australia. Its major imports include petroleum, liquid natural gas, and clothing.

This page was last modified on January 17th, 2018