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Population: 127 million (July 2014 est.)

Geography: More than half of Japan is mountainous and covered by forest. The country experiences frequent earthquakes as it is situated on four tectonic plates.

Climate: Japan has four distinct seasons, similar to Australia, and during the winter months there are snowfalls in the mountainous areas.

World heritage sites: Fujisan, Himeji-jo, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Yakushima

Capital city: Tokyo

Language(s): Aynu itak, Ryukyuan, Eastern Japanese, Western Japanese

Official language: Japanese

Political system: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy

Value of Australia exports: AUD$47.5 billion (2013)

Mt Fuji located in Honshu, Japan

Useful websites

Australia and Japan

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website – background information about India and its connections with Australia

Travel advisory information – travel advice about Japan

Australian Embassy in Tokyo – advice about Japan and news about current events

Japan Embassy in Canberra – news and events about Japan and its connections with Australia

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