ISONG Asian / Far East Region
Regional Ambassador - Japan
Michiko Mizoguchi, PN, Ph.D
Population and basic demographics
Japan is an island country, located west of the Pacific Ocean in the Northern Hemisphere. The major islands are Hokkaido, Honshu (the mainland), Shikoku and Kyushu. The Ryukyu Islands, which include Okinawa, are chain to the south of Kyushu. There are 6,852 islands in total. Japan consists of 47 prefectures. Each prefecture is divided into cities, towns and villages.
The population of 127 million is the world’s tenth largest. Japanese people make up 98.5% of Japan’s total population.
Life expectancy at birth is 86.99 years for women, and 80.75 years for men (2017). The population is ageing. 26.7% of the population is over 65 years and 12.7% of the population is children under the age of 14 years (2017).