Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Japan instead of Canada, you would:

Health

live 2.6 years longer


In Canada, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Japan, that number is 86 years (83 years for men, 90 years for women) as of 2020.

be 85.4% less likely to be obese


In Canada, 29.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Japan, that number is 4.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 54.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Canada, 6.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Japan, that number is 2.9% as of 2017.

make 11.4% less money


Canada has a GDP per capita of $48,400 as of 2017, while in Japan, the GDP per capita is $42,900 as of 2017.

be 71.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Canada, 9.4% live below the poverty line as of 2008. In Japan, however, that number is 16.1% as of 2013.

pay a 69.5% higher top tax rate


Canada has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Japan, the top tax rate is 56.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Canada, approximately 10.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Japan, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 55.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Canada, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Japan, on the other hand, 1.9 children do as of 2020.

have 28.4% fewer children


In Canada, there are approximately 10.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Japan, there are 7.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 34.0% less on education


Canada spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2011. Japan spends 3.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 85.3% less coastline


Canada has a total of 202,080 km of coastline. In Japan, that number is 29,751 km.

Japan: At a glance

Japan is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 364,485 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.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Canada Revenue Agency, National Tax Agency Japan.

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