377,915 sq kms

Number of inhabitants:
127 million

Number of households:
49.8 million

GDP per head:
US$ 34,000.-

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Address format
With the exception of major roads, Japanese streets are not named. Instead, cities and towns are subdivided into areas, subareas and blocks.

In the address below, Tokyo is the prefecture; Minato-Ku is city ward (also city or village); Shibaura 4-Chome is the name of the city district; and 3-4 is the city block and building number. The postal code contains seven digits (the format is always NNN-NNNN) and is placed to the right of the city.

Mr Takashi Nakamura
Company X
Tamachi Kiyoa Building
3-4 Shibaura 4-Chome
TOKYO 108-0023

Undeliverable mail terms

Japanese English
死亡 Deceased
住所不完全 Incompete address
転居先不明 Moved and forwarding address unknown
受取拒否 Refused
送付人返送 Return to sender
宛先不明 Unknown address
受取人不明 Unknown recipient


National Holidays 2012

1 January New Year's Day
9 January Coming of age Day
11 February National Foundation Day
20 March Vernal Equinox Day
30 April Shōwa Day
3 May Constitution Day
4 May Greenery Day
5 May Children's Day
16 July Marine Day
17 September Respect-for-the-Aged Day
24 September Autumnal Equinox Day
8 October Health and Sports Day
3 November  Culture Day
23 November  Labour Thanksgiving Day
24 December  Emperor's Day