3 The Church in Japan experienced good growth between 1945 and 1960, but both Catholic and Protestant percentages have only marginally increased since then, with conversions only just exceeding backslidings
Indigenous 98.8%; Japanese 98.6%; Ainu 0.2%; Foreign 1.2%.
Literacy 100%. Official language Japanese. All languages 15 (including 11 Okinawan-Ryukyuan dialects). Languages with Scriptures 2Bi 1por.
The world’s most powerful export-oriented economy despite lack of natural resources and oil. HDI 0.924; 4th/174. Public debt 50% of GNP. Income/person $38,160 (121% of USA).
Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy.
Freedom of religion is guaranteed to all by the constitution, but the rising power of nationalistic Shintoism partly associated with the new emperor is tarnishing that freedom.
397 in 52 agencies of which 218 are overseas in 45 countries
3,500 in 245 agencies from 33 countries
Area 377,801 sq.km. A 3,000 km arc of four large islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, Kyushu) and 3,000 small islands in NW Pacific.
Population (2000) 126,714,220 +0.20%AGR
Capital Tokyo 34,500,000.
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