Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 94.1% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Japan, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2018.

live 17.8 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 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 60.6% less likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Japan, that number is 4.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 9.1 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Japan, the GDP per capita is $42,900 as of 2017.

be 75.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Japan, that number is 2.9% as of 2017.

be 33.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Japan, however, that number is 16.1% as of 2013.

pay a 2.2 times higher top tax rate


Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Japan, the top tax rate is 56.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 98.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Japan, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 94.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 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 75.3% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Japan, there are 7.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 26.1% more likely to have access to electricity


In Ghana, approximately 79% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Japan, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Japan, about 84.6% do as of 2018.

be 11.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ghana, approximately 90% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Japan, 100% of people do as of 2017.

Geography

see 55.2 times more coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 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 Ghana? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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