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The Latest Figures and Surveys

This series offers basic information about Japan in an easy-to-understand format using statistics and diagrams. Also presented are surveys and questionnaires about Japanese lifestyles and ways of thinking, along with updated information on the disaster recovery effort in Japan.

The Tōkaidō Shinkansen’s World-Class Safety, Reliability, and Frequency

Every year around 130,000 trains run on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen high-speed train line linking Tokyo and Osaka. The trains run with an average delay of just 24 seconds.

Christianity in Japan

Around 1.9 million Christians live in Japan. They are relatively more common in the west of the country.

Most Desirable Places to Live in the Kansai Region

The most desirable place to live in the Kansai region, according to a 2018 online survey, is the neighborhood around Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station in Hyōgo Prefecture.

Smoking Rate Among Japanese Men Continues to Fall

At 28.2%, the men’s smoking rate in Japan has dropped to just one-third of its 1966 peak, but remains high compared to other developed countries.

Most International Students Opt to Stay in Japan After Graduation

A survey of international students shows that around three-quarters of those attending universities, graduate schools, vocational colleges, and similar educational institutions plan to remain in Japan after graduation to seek employment or pursue a higher degree.

Japan’s Defense Budget and the 1% Limit

Japan’s defense spending has been on the rise since Prime Minister Abe Shinzō returned to power in December 2012, but as yet has not exceeded the unspoken limit of 1% of GDP.

Prison as a Safety Net for the Elderly in Japan

The number of elderly inmates in Japanese prisons is on the rise nationwide. Some elderly persons facing harsh living conditions are even violating the law intentionally on repeated occasions in order to be sentenced to prison.

Japan’s Most Active Volcano Sakurajima

Sakurajima is a symbol of Kagoshima Prefecture. The volcano has been extremely active since 2009.

Traditional “Sentō” Bathhouses Giving Way to Large-Scale Leisure Facilities

Japan’s traditional “sentō” public bathhouses are dwindling in number even as “super sentō” and other kinds of large-scale bathing and leisure facilities enjoy increasing popularity.

Yokohama Chosen Most Desirable Place to Live in Kantō Region

In an annual survey, Yokohama is picked as the top place to live in the greater Tokyo area, while former favorite Kichijōji drops to third.

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