Japan

Despite momentous conflicts Japan has endured such as the war against China in 1937 and war against the U.S in 1941, the country, which now stands as a relatively small archipelago nation encompassing several thousand islands, is continuously prospering with their own rich culture that is distinct and fascinating.

The nation’s economy is booming thanks in part to their automobile and electronics industries, but regardless of their wealth, areas of Japan continue to be impaired by horrific natural disasters.

Global relief is needed because of catastrophes like the 2011 9.0 magnitude Tohoku Earthquake that devastated the country (also known as the Great East Japan Earthquake) and caused a tsunami, killing more 15,884, CNN reports.

Assistance in cleaning and rebuilding regions left disadvantaged by the disaster, teaching English, and working with health care, particularly the elderly are all areas where volunteers are needed.

There are many opportunities readily available for those with the compassion, vigor and the enthusiasm to help others. If you’ve volunteered in Japan we’d love to hear about your experience. Please let us know which organization you signed up with, what your trip was like and if you’d recommend the program to others.

JAPAN FACT SHEET

Capital: Tokyo

Population: 127,103,388
[Source: World Fact Book]

Religion: Shintoism 83.9%, Buddhism 71.4%, Christian 2%, other 7.8% (note: exceeds 100% because some citizens practice both Shintoism and Buddhism)
[Source: World Fact Book]

Language: Japanese

Location: Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific ocean and the sea of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula
[Source: World Fact Book]

Poverty Level: 15.7%
[Source: The Global Intelligence]

Climate:

  • Winter (December-February) Dry and sunny; temperature drops in north and certain regions experience snowfall, the south has a mild, light winter.

  • Spring (March to May)

  • Summer (June-August) although it’s very hot and humid during this time, there is a three-four week rainy period
    Autumn (September-November)

  • *Spring is considered the best time to visit Japan, however, April 27th-May 6th is Golden Week—the longest holiday of the year. Book well in advance if you plan to go during this time.

[Source: STA Travel]

Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)

Vaccines: Routine Vaccines, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies.
[Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention]

Fact: Japan suffers 1,500 earthquakes every year. Japan has over 50,000 people who are over the age of 100 years old.
[Source: Fact Slides]