Japan: 10 Facts You Might Not Know

Today’s 10 Facts topic on Running Wolf’s Rant is Japan. There’s a lot that can be said about this island nation in the Far East. This country is definately on the list of destinations that I want to visit one day. It’s one of the oldest nations on this Earth. There’s far more to it than Samurai swords and Tokyo…

Here are 10 Facts you might not know about Japan

1. According to myth, the nation was founded in 660 BC, although some historians have claimed that it was actually founded in 25 BC. The Meiji Constitution was adopted in 1890 and the current Japanese constitution was adopted in 1947. In short Japan is a unitary parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy today. The current Japanese emperor is Akihito and the current Japanese prime minister is Naoto Kan.

2. More than 70% of the country consists of mountains, including more than 200 volcanoes. There are also around 1,500 earthquakes every year in this country.

3. Vending machines in this country sell beer, hot and cold canned coffee, cigarettes and other items. A little known fact is also that raw horse meat is a popular food here. It is not uncommon to eat rice at every meal, even breakfast.

4. There are 4 different writing systems in the country: romaji, katakana, hiragana, and kanji.

5. This country is the largest automobile producer in the world. Toyota, Mazda, Daihatsu, Honda and Suzuki are all Japanese companies.

Japan - Tokyo

6. Tsukiji market in Tokyo is the world’s largest fish market.

7. The Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the capital city of Tokyo (which has over 8 million residents) and several surrounding prefectures is the largest metropolitan areain the world with over 30 million residents.

8. Sumo wrestling is the country’s national sport, although baseball is also very popular.

9. It’s the only country in the world that has been a victim of nuclear weapon attacks. In 1945 the United States bombed Hirosjima and Nagasaki. More than 100,000 people died after the atomic bomb detonated 2,000 feet above ground in Hirosjima and more than 40,000 died in the bombing of Nagasaki.

10. In this country the television show Ally McBeal was called “Ally My Love” because McBeal when said in a Japanese dialect sounds like McBeer.

There you go, 10 facts about Japan. If I’ve forgotten anything important about the 10th most populated nation in the world, please comment on this post.

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Henno Kruger

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  1. gomjok

    It was a quite good investigation.

    But You have to know more information about Japan.

    1. Not Japanese emperor but Japanese king. & also it’s formality He doesn’t have any right.

    2. Japanese kingdom have been maintained by consanguineous marriage. So they are moron or similar.

    3. They are a warlike race in the world.

    4. They had performed medical experiment on a living body during WW2.
    Especially women. Corean, Chinese, Russian, American & some of Caucasian.

    5. Government made the Japanese army큦 comfort women during WW2. (an abnormal and crazy illegal business activity)
    “A global campaign has been launched to bring justice for comfort women, who were conscripted from Asian countries such as Corea, China, Taiwan and Philippines as sexual slaves for the Japanese military during WW2. “

    6. After WW2, Japanese government encouragement marriages with American to improve their DNA in aspect physical shape. It doesn’t matter what black or white.

    7. Japan has kind of Scheduled Castes like India. The other word there are around 5million lowly [humble] people.
    They are called “Hinin” or “Buraku”. Also they are ostracized by government and regular people.

    8. In case of German. They had accepted & apologized to all European countries for the result of a war-crimes trial. BUT
    Japan didn’t do like German. Moreover they had created shrines for war criminal. Japanese People & western tourists visit to shrine to pray something.

    “The President of Japanese & most politician regular visit to the shrine in Tokyo that honors Class A war criminals from World War II along with other fallen soldiers have been staunchly condemned by Corea, China, Taiwan, Philippine.”

    9. Some of Japanese has an awesome imagination in aspect animation so to speak “Manga”
    Ex> Miyazaki Hayao ; famouse animation director.

    10. Whale fishing country in the world.
    Also Government support it unofficial.

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