Japan borders the North Pacific Ocean on the east. It consists of four large islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, and Kyushu) and 3,000 small islands.
Population: 126.7 million
Ethnic Groups: Japanese (98.5%), Koreans (0.5%), Chinese (0.4%), Other (0.6%)
Religions: Shintoism (79.2%), Buddhism (66.8%), Christianity (1.5%), Other (7.1%)
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 12, 2017
In Canada: 98,900
In the GTA: 23,310
In the City of Toronto: 12,270
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
City of Toronto, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Aurora, Newmarket, Markham, southern part of Pickering, and Ajax.
Japan achieved remarkable growth in the second half of the 20th Century after the devastation of World War II. Today, it has a strong economy and the standard of living in Japan is exceptionally high. Material possessions are about equal to the United States while the healthcare and transportation systems are both very good. Most Japanese follow Shintoism and Buddhism blended together, but oddly, more than 70% of them also claim no personal religion. Shintoism includes religious practices such as nature worship, ancestor worship, and animism. Although Christianity and Confucianism are relatively minor religions in Japan, they have both in their own ways influenced Japanese culture and thinking.