Comparing United States to Japan

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MAKE 29.7% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Japan  JAPAN ($37,100.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Japan, that number is $37,100.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Japan GDP

LIVE 4.9 YEARS LONGER


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Japan  JAPAN (84.46 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Japan, the average life expectancy is 84.46.
Category: United States vs. Japan life expectancy

CONSUME 44.5% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Japan  JAPAN (6,764 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Japan, it is 6,764 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Japan electricity consumption

BE 65.5% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Japan  JAPAN (2.13 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Japan, on the other hand, there are a total of 2.13 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Japan infant mortality

BE 43.8% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Japan  JAPAN (4.1% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Japan 4.1% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Japan unemployment rate

HAVE 39.9% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Japan  JAPAN (8.07 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Japan, however, there are a total of 8.07 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Japan birth rate

BE 6% MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Japan  JAPAN (16% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Japan, 16% are.
Category: United States vs. Japan poverty

SEE A 49.3% INCREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Japan  JAPAN (29,751km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Japan has a total of 29,751 km.
Category: United States vs. Japan coastline

At a Glance: Japan

  • Land Area: ~378 thousand sq km (United States is ~26 times bigger than Japan)
  • Population: ~127 million people (192 million more people live in United States)
  • Etiquette: In Japan, "Cheers!" = "Campai!"

How big is Japan compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Japan (377,915 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in Japan

Tipping:
  • Tipping can sometimes be considered an insult
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO NOT pour soy sauce over steamed rice
  • DO slurp noodles and soup
  • DO NOT use chopsticks to point at something. This is considered impolite
  • DO remove shoes when entering someone's home
Table Manners:
  • Keep the bowl close to your mouth when eating a soup
  • Never get drunk while dining
Greetings:
  • Bow when greeting a new person
Learn more about etiquette

A brief history of Japan

Japan is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 377,915 sq km. In 1603, after decades of civil warfare, the Tokugawa shogunate (a military-led, dynastic government) ushered in a long period of relative political stability and isolation from foreign influence. For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy a flowering of its indigenous culture. Japan opened its ports after signing the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854 and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and an ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, elected politicians hold actual decision-making power. Following three decades of unprecedented growth, Japan's economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s, but the country remains a major economic power. In March 2011, Japan's strongest-ever earthquake, and an accompanying tsunami, devastated the northeast part of Honshu island, killing thousands and damaging several nuclear power plants. The catastrophe hobbled the country's economy and its energy infrastructure, and tested its ability to deal with humanitarian disasters.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).