United States compared to Japan

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make 32.1% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Japan Japan ($38,900 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Japan, the GDP per capita is $38,900.
Category: United States vs. Japan - GDP Per Capita

pay 41.4% more in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Japan Japan (56% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Japan, the top marginal tax rate is 56%.
Category: United States vs. Japan - Tax Rate

live 5.2 years longer


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Japan Japan (85 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years.
Category: United States vs. Japan - Life Expectancy

consume 39% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Japan Japan (7,371 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Japan, that number is 7,371 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Japan - Electricity Consumption

have 37.6% fewer babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Japan Japan (7.8 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Japan, that number is 7.8 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Japan - Birth Rate

be 65.5% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Japan Japan (2 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Japan, on the other hand, 2 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Japan - Infant Mortality

be 31.9% less likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Japan Japan (3.2% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Japan, that number is 3.2% of people.
Category: United States vs. Japan - Unemployment

see 49.3% more coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Japan Japan (29,751 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Japan, that number is 29,751 km.
Category: United States vs. Japan - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and National Tax Agency Japan.


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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.

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