Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 20.7 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Japan, that number is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women).

be 18.9% less likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Japan, that number is 4.3% of people.

Economy

make 5.8 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Japan, the GDP per capita is $42,800.

be 26.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Japan, however, that number is 16.1%.

be 93.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Japan, that number is 2.9%.

spend 2.3 times more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Japan, the top tax rate is 56.0%.

Life

be 97.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Japan, 5.0 women do.

be 96.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Japan, on the other hand, 2.0 children do.

have 67.4% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Japan, there are 7.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 14.9% more likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, 87% of the population has electricity access. In Japan, 100% of the population do.

be 5.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Japan, about 92.0% do.

be 32.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Laos, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas). In Japan, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 24.1% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Japan spends 3.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 5.4 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Japan, that number is 10.2% of GDP.

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 Laos? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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