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Universities : About Japan

Japan Economy :

The economy of Japan is the third largest in the world after the United States and the People's Republic of China and is the world's second largest developed economy. According to the International Monetary Fund, the country's per capita GDP (PPP) was at $34,362 or the 24th highest in 2011.

Japan is the world's 2nd largest automobile manufacturing country, has the largest electronics goods industry, and is often ranked among the world's most innovative countries leading several measures of global patent filings. Facing increasing competition from China and South Korea, manufacturing in Japan today now focuses primarily on high-tech and precision goods, such as optical equipment, hybrid cars, and robotics.

Japan is the world's largest crediting nation, generally running an annual trade surplus and having a considerable net international investment surplus. As of 2010, Japan possesses 13.7% of the world's private financial assets (the 2nd largest in the world) at an estimated $14.6 trillion. As of 2011, 68 of the Fortune 500 companies are based in Japan.

Capital cities

Tokyo

Area

Ranked 62nd, 377,923.14 km2 (145,916.94 sq mi), 99.18% land and 0.82% water

Religion

Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major religions.

Population

Japan's population is over 126 million. Most Japanese reside in densely populated urban areas. Japan's capital city is Tokyo. The population of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area including the city, some of its suburbs and the surrounding area is approximately 12 million.

Currency

The Japanese yen (? or ? en?) (sign: ¥; code: JPY) is the official currency of Japan.

Climate :

Japan is a country surrounded by oceans and consists of four major islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu) and many small islands. The climate varies widely from one region to region. Most parts of the country has four distinct seasons. Spring months are March, April, and May. Summer months are June, July, and August. Autumn months are September, October, and November. Winter months are December, January, and February.

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