Country Facts:


Type of Government

  • Parliamentary system

  • Current President is Shinzo Abe

  • Emperor is figure head

  • Current emperor is Naruhito since May of 2019 when his father abdicated.


  • Shintoism and Buddhism the most common about 70%

  • Christianity about 1-2%

  • Most Japanese follow both Shintoism and Buddhism

  • People partake in ceremonies but don’t consider themselves religious


  • Exchange rate while we were there  108.15Yen =$1.00USD

  • 0.2% of the population of Japan lives under the poverty line of under $1.90 a day. 

  • The unemployment rate is 2.90%. 

  • Ranked as 4th in GDP

  • The largest industries are agriculture and fishing, manufacturing, and tourism among others.

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of speech is guaranteed by law

Internet freedom score (Most Free0)/Least Free (100)

Obstacles to access=4/25

Limits on content=8/35

Violations of users rights 13/40

Total = 25/100


  • Same sex marriage is legal

  • Anti discrimination laws in place

Adult Literacy: 99%


  • High School graduation/Secondary = 95%

  • 60% go onto a postsecondary degree


  • Lots of plastic bags

  • Multiple layers of packaging

  • Recycling bins

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