Japan is an nation of islands and home to over 126 million people, most of whom live in or near major metropolitan areas.
Almost all Japanese nationals speak Japanese, although there are some Ryukyuan and Ainu speakers remaining in Okinawa and Hokkaido, respectively. English is taught in most public and private schools, however skill levels vary widely.
Japan’s government is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy, with a sitting Emperor and elected Prime Minister.
Japanese people enjoy full religious freedom, although upwards of 90% or more subscribe to Buddhism or Shinto beliefs. Fewer than 1% of Japanese nationals are Christian and there are small populations of many other religions represented.
The currency in Japan is the Yen, noted by ¥ or 円.