Moving to Japan

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Located in the North Pacific Ocean, to the East of Korea, China and Russia, Japan is a country consisting of around 3000 islands. The climate is subtropical.

Infrastructure / Job Prospects

If you are are interested in moving to Japan for work, you may already know that Japan has one of the world’s leading economies (currently 3rd by GDP), is a member of the G8, and is home to the second largest stock market in the world. In fact until the 1990s the growth of Japan was known as “Japan’s economic miracle” with the economy growing consistently at between 5 and 10% over several decades. After a recession in the 1990s Japan’s economy has recovered, becoming one of the strongest leading economies in terms of growth again.

The largest sectors of the economy in Japan are those of services and industry. The service sector accounts for around 73% of GDP. The sector is made up primarily of the finance, real estate, retail and telecommunications industries.

Japan is also an extremely important industrial country. The industrial sector accounts for around 25% of GDP and Japan is home to some of the worlds leading producers of tools, electronics, transport, metals and chemicals.

Some of Japan’s largest companies include Sony, Mitsubishi, NTT and Nomura, all of which are known world-wide.

Japan’s economy is likely to remain strong in the future as it has large capital reserves, and has lessened its manufacturing industry, compared to western economies. The planned privatisation of Japan Post Holdings, which owns Japan Post Bank, the world’s largest bank with over $2 trillion in personal savings, is likely to boost the economy.

As a nation of islands, another major industry in Japan is fishing. Japan operates one of the largest fishing fleets in the world, and the Japanese diet includes a large percentage of fish.

Japan leads in many areas of scientific research, being well known world-wide for robotic systems and is home to nearly half of the world’s top semi-conductor and motor-vehicle manufacturers.

The Japanese video-games industry is one of the more well-known niche industries in Japan. Video games have been popular since Nintendo’s dominance in the 1980′s and Japan continues to retain the world’s leading video games console industry, being home to both Nintendo and Sony. Video games have also become a national pastime for Japan’s youth, and the country is home to the largest number of video-games arcades in the world.

Living cost and Taxes

Japan has a relatively high taxation system with tax ranging from 5% to 40% Any income over 18 million Yen is charged at 40% Additionally there is a prefectural inhabitant tax rate of 4% and a municipal inhabitant tax rate of 6%. The Japanese equivalent of US sales tax, called consumption tax, is 5%.

Corporation tax in Japan is 22% on the first 8 million Yen, and 30% on the amount above 8 million Yen. Additionally a business tax of between 5% and 11.52% is charged.

Ports

As a nation of islands, and a trading nation, Japan relies on its ports. The port of Yokohama is one of the largest ports. It dealt with 138 million tons of cargo worth over 11.5 trillion Yen moving to Japan or from it in 2006.

The cities of Tokyo, Kobe Chiba and Kawasaki also have major ports, all of which are located in Tokyo Bay.

Many of Japan’s islands can only be reached by boat.

Major airports

Japan has a large number of airports by any standards, over 120 in total! The largest of which, serving international destinations, is Narita International Airport (NRT).

The airport provides regular service to, France, Germany, UK and Holland amongst many European destinations, Canada, US, Mexico, and China, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan and many other Asian destinations. It is also one of the worlds busiest cargo airports.

The busiest airport in Japan is Tokyo International Airport (HND). As the busiest airport in Asia, it is unusual in that most of the 65 million passengers per year travelling through the airport do so to national, rather than international destinations. Tokyo International Airport (or Haneda as it is also known) is likely to handle more international traffic in the future, as the government is attempting to relieve congestion at Narita International Airport.

Important Cities and Population Density

Although there are thousands of islands making up the island chain of Japan, the four islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku are home to 99% of the area and almost the same percentage of the population.

The population density of the country is around 330 people per square km

The Japanese capital city of Tokyo is home to over 8.5 million people, and the greater metro-area of Tokyo is the largest in the world, having a population of over 30 million people.

The cities of Yokohama and Osaka are the second and third largest cities, with populations of around 3.5 and 2.5 million people respectively. Other well-known cities are Kobe, Kyoto and Kawasaki.

Japan Facts

Japan has a rich and interesting history dating back thousands of years. The earliest foreign record of the nation is by the Chinese, and dates back to the first century AD, although the country was founded in 660 AD, and the area is believed to have been inhabited for over 30,000 years.

The feudal era in Japan gave rise to the Samurai ruling class and around 1200 AD Buddhism was introduced to Japan by the Chinese.

Japan has relatively few immigrants and the country is one of the least diverse in the world. The overwhelming majority of the population is Japanese (around 98.5%). The next largest groups of the population by ethnicity, Koreans and Chinese together make up less than 1%

The country’s population is currently declining. One of the ways the government is attempting to resolve this issue is by encourage immigration. Although this has met with resistance from the population, it is likely that more people will be moving to Japan in the future, so the population is likely to become more and more diverse.

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Useful links:

Government: www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/index-e.html
Tourism: www.jnto.go.jpeng
Immigration: www.mofa.go.jp
Local Newspapers: www.japantimes.co.jp
Airports: www.narita-airport.jp/en
Ports: www.city.yokohama.jp/me/port/en/index.html