Country name: Internationally: Japan, local: Nihon / Nippon,
National holiday: Birthday of HIH Emperor AKIHITO, 23 December (1933)
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: Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government
Chief of state: HIH Emperor AKIHITO (since 7 January 1989)
Head of government: Prime Minister Yoshihiko NODA (since 29 August 2011)
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: 127,288,416 (July 2008)
Life expectancy at birth: Male: 79 years , Female: 86 years
Suffrage: 20 years
ReligionsShinto and Buddhist 84%
IslandsJapan has 426 islands that are inhabited and 6,852 islands in total.
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.
FilmSake Test Film with 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.