Country name: Internationally: Japan, local: Nihon / Nippon,
National holiday: Birthday of Emperor NARUHITO, 23 February (1960); note - celebrates the birthday of the current emperor
Independence: 660 B.C. (traditional founding by Emperor JIMMU)
Total area: 377,835 sq km (incl. water area 3,091 sq km)
Japanese GovernmentGovernment type: Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Chief of state: Emperor NARUHITO (since 1 May 2019); note - succeeds his father who abdicated on 30 April 2019
Head of government: Prime Minister Shinzo ABE (since 26 December 2012); Deputy Prime Minister Taro ASO (since 26 December 2012)
Cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the prime minister
Elections: Diet (Kokkai), the national parliament of Japan, designates prime minister; constitution requires that prime minister commands parliamentary majority; following legislative elections, leader of majority party or leader of majority coalition in House of Representatives usually becomes prime minister; monarch is hereditary.
Population: 125,507,472 (July 2020)
Life expectancy at birth: Male: 82.7 years Female: 89.5 years (2020 est.)
Suffrage: 18 years
< Buddhism 69.8%
IslandsJapan has 4 main islands and 6,848 smaller islands and islets.
The four major islands of the Japanese archipelago are:
Honshu (230.000 sq. km) – the main island with the capital Tokyo
Hokkaido (78.500 sq. km) –situated north of Honshu
Kyushu (44.000 sq. km) – situated at the south western tip of Honshu
Shikoku (18.800 sq. km) – situated south of Honshu, east of Kyushu
How to serveSake can be served in many various ways to best suit the season and your taste.
Sake Test Filmwith Mats Bruzaeus and Mitsuo Otsuka at Izakaya MITSUO in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
Our sommelierChief Sommelier Mats Bruzaeus had the pleasure of studying Sake over the years in Japan.