127 million (est. as of Jan. 2002)
Tokyo (population: apprx. 12 million)
377, 835 sq km (slightly smaller than California)
Varies from year-round tropical in Okinawa to severe winters in
northern and eastern Japan.
Observe both Shinto and Buddhism - 84%; Others 16% (including
apprx. 1% Christians)
Japanese - 99.4%; Others 0.6%
$2.95 trillion (2000 est.)
GDP Per Capital
$23,400 (2000 est.)
Japanese Industrial Sectors by Geographic Location
Apprx. 70% of Japanese industry is located in the Tokyo-Osaka
Automotive - Nagoya, Tokyo, Hiroshima areas
Aerospace - Nagoya, Tokyo area
Banking & Government - Heavy concentration in Tokyo
Consumer Electronics - Japan-wide (much has moved off-shore to
Heavy Industrial - Japan-wide with particular concentration in
Kanagawa Prefecture (southwest of Tokyo)
Nuclear - Northeast of Tokyo
Semiconductors - Many plants on Kyushu Island ("Silicon Island")
Books about Japan
"A Brief History of Japanese Civilization"
by Conrad Schirokauer, International Thomson Publishing
"Kaisha: The Japanese Corporation" by James C. Abegglen
& George Stalk, Basic Books
"Kaizen: The Key to Japan's Competitive Success"
by Masaaki Imai, McGraw-Hill
"Ultimate Japanese: Basic-Intermediate"
by Hiroko Storm, Living Language
"Fodor's Japan: The Guide for All Budgets"
Fodors Travel Publication English Language Japanese
"Mainichi Daily News"