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Japan

Japan
Standards
Road Traffic:left side
Electricity:
Voltage:100V
Frequency:50/60 Hz*
Plug types:A, B,
Note:*Eastern Japan 50 Hz (Tokyo, Kawasaki, Sapporo, Yokohoma, and Sendai); Western Japan 60 Hz (Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Hiroshima)
TV Systems:
System:NTSC M
DVD-Region: 2
Geography
Bordering countries:

Location:
Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula
Area:
total: 377,835 sq km
land: 374,744 sq km
water: 3,091 sq km
Climate:
varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north
Terrain:
mostly rugged and mountainous
Economy
GDP: $4.018 trillion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 2.7% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $31,500 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: -0.3% (2005 est.)
Currency: yen (JPY)
Exchange rates:
yen per US dollar - 110.22 (2005), 108.19 (2004), 115.93 (2003), 125.39 (2002), 121.53 (2001)
People
Population: 127,463,611 (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 0.02% (2006 est.)
Religions:
observe both Shinto and Buddhist 84%, other 16% (including Christian 0.7%)
Languages:
Japanese
Government
Capital:
name: Tokyo
time difference: UTC+9 (14 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Independence:
660 B.C. (traditional founding by Emperor JIMMU)


Note: Information on Japan was mainly sourced from CIA's World Factbook and may represent an American point of view. To learn more about Japan, please visit one of the links below.


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