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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Some Numbers On Japan

I started putting this together a month ago, and I'll be darned if I know where I borrowed the data from - probably Wikipedia. Let me look... yes... Wikipedia.. backed up with a few other things - like the books - yes, books - that I have.  

Area: 377,780 square kilometers (142,771 square miles)
           Land: 99.02 % making up 377,944 kilometers squared (145,925 square-miles.
           Water: 0.8% - all its lakes and rivers.

Population: ~ 127,692,000
Capital City: Tokyo (formerly called Edo back in 1868 and beyond). Edo means 'estuary'. Tokyo means: To: east; Kyo: capital.
People: 98.3% Japanese; 1.7 % other (mostly Chinese or ethnic Korean)
Religion(s): 80% of Japanese adhere to more than one religion: Shinto (106.8 million), Buddhism (89.2 million), Christianity (3.0 million), others (9.8 million)
Currency: Yen
Prefectures: 47 provinces, though only 43 are designated as a 'ken' (県)(province/prefecture). Tokyo is a 'to' (都) ('metropolis'), Osaka and Kyoto are 'fu' (府) ('core urban zone'), and Hokkaido is a (道) ('circuit').
Prefecture Names:
  • Hokkaido Region: Hokkaido;
  • Tohoku Region: Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima;
  • Kanto Regions: Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa;
  • Chubu Region: Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Yamanashi, Nagano, Gifu, Shizukoa, Aichi;
  • Kansai Region: Mie, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama; 
  • Chugoku Region: Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi;
  • Shikoku Region: Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, Koichi; 
  • Kyushu Region: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima;
  • Okinawa Region: Okinawa
Major Political Parties: DPJ - Democratic Party of Japan; LDP - Liberal Democratic Party; New Komeito; JCP - Japan Communist Party; SDP - Social Democratic PartyGovernment: Representative democracy with a bicameral (two chamber) parliament (the Diet). Executive power rests with the Prime Minister and his cabinet. The emperor is head of state, although his function is purely symbolic.
Head of State: Emperor Akihito, ascended to throne 7 January 1989.
Prime Minister: Yoshihiko Noda, since 2 September 2011.
Foreign Minister: Foreign Minister: Koichiro Gemba, since 2 September 2011
Settlement: Paleolithic culture started around 30,000 BC in the Okinawa islands area (the Japanese archipelago) , with hunter-gathers at around 14,000 BC (Ainu and Yamato peoples); Yayoi people entered around 300BC
Foundation Day: February 11, 660 BC
First Emperor: Jimmu

That photo up above is of a pottery shard I own from around 150 BC. I have such bizarre stuff...

Andrew Joseph

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