5. interesting facts about Japan
1. The world’s oldest company is in Japan
Kongo Gumi is the oldest operating business in the world, established in 578. It specialises in the construction of temples and shrines.
2. It has the 11th largest population in the world
An estimated 126 million people live in Japan. Since 2011, Japan’s population has been noticeably declining mostly due to low birth rates- some say it is due to expensive childcare and the difficulty of finding well-paying jobs.
3. The Japanese live (almost) the longest
Second only to Hong Kong, the life expectancy in Japan is 84, which is 3 years higher than in the United Kingdom.
4. There is 1 vending machine for every 24 people
With 5 million vending machines- Japan has the highest density in the world. Batteries, ramen, sake, umbrellas. flowers- you name it and the vending machines probably stock it.5. Nearly half the zippers worldwide are made in Japan
If you check your zipper, chances are, it will say YKK on it, which stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha. Founded in Tokyo in 1934, it is estimated that 7 billion zippers are produced by this manufacturer each year.