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Culture of Japan

People in Japan speak the Japanese language. The linguistic diversity of Japan is almost homogeneous according to a fractionalization scale which for Japan is 0.0178. The followers of Buddhism are the religious majority in the country. 91.3% of Japan's population live in cities. This percentage comprises the urban population of Japan. The rate of urbanization in Japan is considered to be 0.2. According to data on inbound tourists in Japan, 10,364,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.

National anthem

The national anthem of Japan is called 'Kimigayo', which in English means 'His Majesty's Reign'. It was adopted in 1999. The lyrics have been written by unknown and the music has been composed by Yoshiisa Oku, Akimori Hayashi; credited usually to Hiromori Hayashi.

Fast food

The first McDonalds in Japan was opened on 20 July 1971, and it was located in Tokyo. At the moment Japan has 3164 operating McDonalds restaurants. The number of operating McDonalds restaurants in a country is indicative of the influence of Western culture and globalization in that country. Operating McDonalds restaurants could also have a direct impact on the health of a nation's citizens. Around 5% of the population of Japan are obese.

Alcohol consumption

Each year, the people of Japan consume 0.2 litre of alcohol per capita, and this volume consists of 19.2% beer, 4.1% wine, 52% distilled spirits, 24.7% other alcohol.

National dish

One of the most popular national dishes of Japan is sushi. Other national dishes include japanese curry, ramen.