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Study in Japan

Considering studying in Japan? Read our guide to find out everything you need to know about Japanese universities and student life, and what steps to take next.

Known for making things smaller, faster and first, Japan was until recently the second-largest economy in the world (it’s now third, behind the US and China). Its economic strength is at least partly due to the strong research and development industry that underlies successful international brands such as Nissan, Toyota, Panasonic, Canon and Sony – as well as producing robots for every need imaginable. Unsurprisingly, an excellent higher education system lies behind all this innovation.

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Fast Facts

  • Made up of thousands of islands, of which more than 400 are inhabited
  • The four largest islands, which make up 97% of Japan’s total area, are Honhū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku.
  • The world’s third-largest economy, after the US and China
  • Currency: yen (¥ or JPY)
  • Capital city: Tokyo, which is also the largest city with a population of around 13 million in the core of the city (38.6 million in the whole of Tokyo Prefecture) – many consider it the largest city in the world.
  • Internet domain is .jp and international dialling code is +81
  • Area: 377,864 sq km (similar to Germany)
  • Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have a purely ceremonial role.
  • Head of government is the Prime Minister (currently Shinzō Abe).
  • 20% of the world’s earthquakes occur in Japan.
  • Average broadband speed in 2015 was 11.7Mbps (second fastest worldwide behind South Korea).
  • Japan's national sport is generally said to be sumo wrestling, but football (soccer) and baseball are also very popular.