Japan Facts

26 facts tagged with Japan Facts

  • 1
    In 1968, a car driven by bank employees was pulled over by a motorcycle cop claiming the car had been rigged with a bomb. The cop got under the car to “defuse” the device. When the car started to smoke, everybody ran. Then the “cop” just drove the car away. The 300,000,000 Yen robbery remains unsolved to this day.
  • 2
    Most streets in Japan do not have names.
  • 3
    In 1945, a man survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, dragged himself to an air-raid shelter, spent the night, caught the morning train so he could arrive at his job on time - in Nagasaki - where he survived another atomic blast.
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    According to a Japanese poll in the year 2000, the Japanese believe that their best invention of the twentieth century was instant noodles.
  • 5
    In Japan, gambling is illegal. However, they circumvent the law by giving out prizes instead of cash, which the winner can then sell back to the establishment for cash.
  • 6
    In Japan, slurping loudly while eating noodles shows that the food is delicious. It's actually considered rude not to slurp!
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    Japan has a network of roads that play music as you drive over them at the correct speed.
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    The first foreigner to become a samurai was an African slave.
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    In Japan, it is tradition for husbands to get a monthly allowance from their wives.
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    Most Japanese schools don't have janitors. Instead, children do the daily cleaning as part of Buddhist traditions that associate cleaning with morality.
  • 11
    Japanese engineers were asked to redesign the front end of the Bullet Train because it carried enough speed to create a sonic boom whenever it exited a tunnel. Residents could feel the blast from miles away.
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    The Japanese pilot who attacked a town in Oregon during WW2 returned years later to present his family's 400-year-old samurai sword to the city as a symbol of regret.
  • 13
    The 1 yen coin can be used as a weight, because it weighs exactly one gram. Also, it can float on water.
  • 14
    In 2012, as phone booths become increasingly obsolete because of mobile phones, a Japanese artist has turned several booths in Osaka into aquariums.
  • 15
    The Gate Tower Building skyscraper in Japan has a highway passing through its fifth, sixth and seventh floors.
  • 16
    In Japan, more adult diapers are sold than baby diapers.
  • 17
    Japan has the most vending machines in the world (5.52 million) which is more than the population of New Zealand.
  • 18
    The station master and operating officer at the Kishi Station, Japan, is a cat!
  • 19
    Macaques monkeys in Japan learned to steal purses and wallets, take out the coins, and use them to buy drinks and snacks from vending machines.
  • 20
    Japan's Okinawa Island has more than 450 people living above the age of 100, and is known as the healthiest place on Earth.
  • 21
    In Japan, watermelons are grown into the shape of a square so they are easier to stack and transport.
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    Sleeping on the job is acceptable in Japan. It is viewed as exhaustion from working hard. Some people fake it to look committed to their job.
  • 23
    Japanese schools do not have proms.
  • 24
    Japan's capital Tokyo means "Eastern Capital".
  • 25
    Japan is the largest exporter of frog's legs.
  • 26
    The Japanese, on average, are the shortest people.