Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 17.2 years longer


In Tajikistan, the average life expectancy is 68 years (65 years for men, 71 years for women). In Japan, that number is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women).

be 69.7% less likely to be obese


In Tajikistan, 14.2% of adults are obese. In Japan, that number is 4.3% of people.

Economy

make 13.4 times more money


Tajikistan has a GDP per capita of $3,200, while in Japan, the GDP per capita is $42,800.

be 48.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Tajikistan, 31.5% live below the poverty line. In Japan, however, that number is 16.1%.

be 20.8% more likely to be unemployed


In Tajikistan, 2.4% of adults are unemployed. In Japan, that number is 2.9%.

spend 4.3 times more on taxes


Tajikistan has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Japan, the top tax rate is 56.0%.

Life

be 84.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Tajikistan, approximately 32.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Japan, 5.0 women do.

be 93.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Tajikistan, approximately 31.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Japan, on the other hand, 2.0 children do.

have 67.0% less children


In Tajikistan, there are approximately 23.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Japan, there are 7.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Tajikistan, approximately 20.5% of the population has internet access. In Japan, about 92.0% do.

be 35.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Tajikistan, approximately 74% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Japan, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 30.8% less on education


Tajikistan spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education. Japan spends 3.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 47.8% more on healthcare


Tajikistan spends 6.9% 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 Tajikistan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: National Center of Legislation under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, The World Factbook, National Tax Agency Japan.

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