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Economy of Japan

Japan is considered to be a developed nation. The developmental stage of a nation is determined by a number of factors including, but not limited to, economic prosperity, life expectancy, income equality, and quality of life. As a developed nation, Japan is able to provide its citizens with social services like public education, healthcare, and law enforcement. Citizens of developed nations enjoy a high standard of living and longer life expectancies than citizens of developing nations. Each year, Japan exports around $697 billion and imports roughly $766.6 billion. 3% of population in the country are unemployed. The total number of unemployed people in Japan is 3,815,560. In Japan, 16% of the population lives below the poverty line. The percentage of citizens living below the poverty line in Japan is fairly high, but is not reason for complete concern with regard to investments. Potential financial backers should look at other economic markers, including GDP, urbanization rate, and strength of currency, before making any decisions regarding investments. Government expenditure on education is 3.5% of GDP. The Gini Index of the country is 37.9. Japan is experiencing good equality. The majority of citizens in Japan fall within a narrow range of income, although some cases may show significant differences. Japan has a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.89. Japan has a very high HDI score. This indicates that nearly all citizens are able to attain a desirable life because of social and economic support; citizens with a low standard of living receive aid and support and have the opportunity to advance in society. The Global Peace Index (GPI) for Japan is 1.323. Due to strong law enforcement presence and high social responsibility, Japan is very safe by international standards. The strength of legal rights index for Japan is 4. Overall, it is considered to be rather inadequate - bancrupcy and collateral laws are able to protect the rights of borrowers and lenders to some degree; credit information may be sufficient, but hardly available, or, the oppoiste case, available but not sufficient.


The currency of Japan is Japanese yen. The Japanese yen is a stable currency that can be relied upon for investment opportunities. The plural form of the word Japanese yen is yen. The symbol used for this currency is ¥, and it is abbreviated as JPY.

Credit rating

The depth of credit information index for Japan is 6, which means that information is mostly sufficient and quite detailed; accessibility is not a problem. According to the S&P credit-rating agency, Japan has a credit rating score of A+, and the prospects of this rating are stable. According to the Fitch credit-rating agency, Japan has a credit rating score of A, and the prospects of this rating are stable. According to the Moody's credit-rating agency, Japan has a credit rating score of A1, and the prospects of this rating are stable.

Central bank

In Japan, the institution that manages the state's currency, money supply, and interest rates is called Bank of Japan. Locally, the central bank of Japan is called 日本銀行. The average deposit interest rate offered by local banks in Japan is 0.4%.

Public debt

Japan has a government debt of 14.7% of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as assessed in 2012.

Tax information

The corporate tax in Japan is set at 30.86%. Personal income tax ranges from 5% to 50%, depending on your specific situation and income level. VAT in Japan is 8%, and it is known as Consumption Tax.


The total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) assessed as Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) in Japan is $4767157 billion. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) assessed as Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) per capita in Japan was last recorded at $37 million. PPP in Japan is considered to be below average when compared to other countries. Below average PPP indicates that citizens in this country find it difficult to purchase local goods. Local goods can include food, shelter, clothing, health care, personal care, essential furnishings, transportation and communication, laundry, and various types of insurance. Countries with below average PPP are dangerous locations for investments. The total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Japan is 4,898,532 billion. Based on this statistic, Japan is considered to have a large economy. Countries with large economies support a wide variety of industries and businesses, providing ample opportunities for investment. Large economies support a substantial financial sector, making it easy to organize investments and financial transactions. It should be very easy to find good opportunities for investment in Japan. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in Japan was last recorded at $39 million. The average citizen in Japan has very low wealth. Countries with very low wealth per capita often have lower life expectancies and dramatically lower quality of living among citizens. It can be very difficult to find highly skilled workers in countries with very low wealth, as it is difficult for citizens to obtain the requisite education needed for specialized industries. However, labor can be found for very low rates when compared with countries with higher wealth per capita. GDP Annual Growth Rate in Japan averaged 1.3% in 2014. According to this percentage, Japan is currently experiencing modest growth. Countries that are experiencing modest growth offer safe opportunities for investment; their expanding economy indicates that businesses, jobs, and income will expand accordingly. To read more about financial information click on finances of Japan.


Major industries in the country are among world's largest and most technologically advanced producers of motor vehicles, electronic equipment, machine tools, steel and nonferrous metals, ships, chemicals, textiles, processed foods. The total labor force of Japan is 66,427,590 people, wherein 3% of population in the country are unemployed. The total number of unemployed people in Japan is 3,815,560. The Industrial Production growth rate of Japan is 15.5%.To read more about industrial information within Japan click on industry of Japan.


There are 43620 km2 of arable land in Japan, and it comprises 12% of the country's total territory. There are 46993 km2 of cultivated land in Japan. The country's major agricultural crops and products are rice, sugar beets, vegetables, fruit, pork, poultry, dairy products, eggs, fish.To read more about agriculture click on agriculture of Japan.