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Independence Day
April 28 1952

Japan National Anthem

(The rising sun flag. Also known as Hinomaru)

height : width = 2 : 3
the rising sun at the center of the flags
diameter : three-fifths of the flags' height

base : white
the rising sun : deep red

Japan National Anthem
Kimigayo wa
Chiyo ni yachiyo ni
Sazare-ishi no
Iwao to narite
Koke no musu made

English translation
May your reign
Continue for a thousand, eight thousand generations,
Until the pebbles
Grow into boulders
Lush with moss

Download Instrumental MP3 File (2.6MB)
Played by Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (Ministry of Defense)

Poetic English translation by Basil Hall Chamberlain
Thousands of years of happy reign be thine;
Rule on, my lord, until what are pebbles now
By ages united to mighty rocks shall grow
Whose venerable sides the moss doth line.

Japanese Yen

Emergency numbers
Ambulance: 119
Fire: 119
Police: 110



Police, Political parties

Japan Police - National Police Agency (Japan)
Agency overview : Formed July 1, 1954
Legal personality : Governmental Government agency

Operational structure
Headquarters : 2-1-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8974, Japan
Agency executive : Commissioner General
Parent agency : National Public Safety Commission
Child agencies : National Police Academy, National Research Institute of Police Science, Imperial Guard Headquarters
Bureaus : 5
Regional Bureaus : 7

Website : http://www.npa.go.jp/english/index.html

Website : http://www.npa.go.jp/

For detailed and more information, see the source

Japan Political parties
Liberal Democratic Party (Japan)
Founded : 15 November 1955; 60 years ago
Website : jimin.jp

Democratic Party (Japan)
Founded : 27 March 2016
Website : minshin.jp

Founded : 7 November 1998
Website : www.komei.or.jp

Japanese Communist Party
Founded : 15 July 1922
Website : www.jcp.or.jp/english/

Nippon Ishin no Kai
Founded : 2 November 2015
Website : o-ishin.jp

Other parties currently represented in the national Diet

Liberal Party (Japan, 2016)
Founded : 27 December 2012
Website : www.seikatsu1.jp/english

Social Democratic Party (Japan)
Founded : 1945 (Social Democratic Party of Japan) / 1996 (Social Democratic Party)
Website : www5.sdp.or.jp

Assembly to Energize Japan
Founded : January 1, 2015
Website : nippongenkikai.jp

Party for Japanese Kokoro
Founded : 1 August 2014
Website : http://nippon-kokoro.jp/

New Renaissance Party
Founded : 23 April 2010
Website : shintokaikaku.jp

Okinawa Social Mass Party
Okinawa Shakai Taishu-to
Founded : October 31, 1950


Interesting facts

Japan : Interesting things world should know

Raw horse meat is a popular food in Japan.

More than 70% of Japan consists of mountains, including more than 200 volcanoes.

Mt. Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, is an active volcano (although scientists have not reached a consensus on what defines "active").

There are four different writing systems in Japan; Romaji, Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji.

Coffee is very popular and Japan imports approximately 85% of Jamaica's annual coffee production.

Japan's literacy rate is almost 100%.

Sumo is Japan's national sport, although baseball is also very popular. Sumo wrestlers eat a stew called Chankonabe to fatten up. Many restaurants in the Ryogoku district of Tokyo serve this nabe (Japanese word for stew).

Most toilets in Japan have a built-in bidet system for spraying your backside. These are known as washlets and are now the norm in homes and nicer restrooms.

However, in some train stations and other public restrooms you may still find the traditional Japanese "floor toilet".

Japan is the world’s largest consumer of Amazon rain forest timber.

Vending machines in Japan sell beer, hot and cold canned coffee, cigarettes, and other items.

On average there are around 1,500 earthquakes every year in Japan.

Average life expectancy in Japan is one of the highest in the world. Japanese people live an average of 4 years longer than Americans.

Japan is the largest automobile producer in the world.

The term karaoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese.

Rampant inbreeding of dogs has resulted in one of the highest rate of genetic defects in the world for canines.

Some Japanese companies conduct a morning exercise session for the workers to prepare them for the day's work.