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Study in Japan

Considering studying in Japan? Read our guide to find out everything you need to know about Japanese universities and student life, and what steps to take next.

Known for making things smaller, faster and first, Japan boasts the third-largest economy in the world. Its economic strength is at least partly due to the strong research and development industry that underlies successful international brands such as Nissan, Toyota, Panasonic, Canon and Sony – as well as producing robots for every need imaginable. Unsurprisingly, an excellent higher education system lies behind all this innovation.

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Fast Facts

  • Made up of thousands of islands, of which more than 400 are inhabited
  • The world’s third-largest economy, after the US and China
  • Amount needed for living costs: US$9,480-10,860 per year.
  • Tuition fees start at ¥535,800 (~US$4,760) per year.
  • Currency: yen (¥ or JPY)
  • With permission, international students can work up to 28 hours per week.
  • Capital city: Tokyo, which is also the largest city with a population of around 13.8 million in the core of the city (38.6 million in the whole of Tokyo Prefecture) – many consider it the largest city in the world.
  • The Japanese name for Japan, Nihon or Nippon, means ‘origin of the sun’, which explains why it is often known as "the land of the rising sun”.
  • Area: 377,864 sq km (similar to Germany)
  • Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have a purely ceremonial role.
  • 20 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur in Japan.
  • Average broadband speed in 2015 was 11.7Mbps (second fastest worldwide behind South Korea).
  • Japan's national sport is generally said to be sumo wrestling, but football (soccer) and baseball are also very popular.
  • Japan has the world’s oldest population, with over a fifth of people aged 70 or older. It also has one of the world’s highest life expectancies (84.2 years).
  • There are more pets than children in Japan.
  • The four largest islands, which make up 97 percent of Japan’s total area, are Honhū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku.