Japan’s history is a long and complicated one, not least because of their involvement in the Second World War and subsequent emergence as a dominant technological power. Because it has such a varied history, and a culture that is certainly alien to many Westerners, there are lots of things about Japan you may not know.
#1.) It’s an old country
The Japanese islands have been inhabited since as early as 30 000 BC. That’s a long time.
#2.) And it’s full of old people
More than 50 000 Japanese citizens are older than 100 years.
#3.) Jamaica me crazy
Japan seems to have a thing for Jamaica – over 80% of Jamaica’s coffee ends up in Japan, and the Asian country is the world’s largest importer of reggae music.
#4.) Everything is on time
The trains in Japan are the world’s most punctual, with an average delay of only 18 seconds.
#5.) But no one is being born
There are more pets than children in Japan, and so few babies are born that the sales of adult diapers outweigh baby diapers.
#6.) Suicide will cost you
Well, it will cost your family. The family of those who kill themselves by train are charged a disruption fee.
#7.) But everyone does it
The leading cause of death among men between 20 and 44 is suicide.
#8.) Godzilla, Citizen
Godzilla is an official citizen of Japan.
#9.) Things from the sea
The most popular pizza topping in Japan is squid, and other strange sea creatures are eaten often.
#10.) Deodorant is rare
Stick deodorant is not available in Japan, and aerosol deodorant is rare.