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Japan is an island country located in East Asia that makes up an archipelago of 6852 islands, making this the fourth largest island country in the world. The five main islands of Japan are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. The country’s capital is Tokyo, which is also the largest city. The city is also the eleventh most populated city in the world, and is one of the most densely populated and urbanized. The total area of Japan is 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 square miles), and is home to a total population of 125,502,000 inhabitants. Japan’s government is a unitary state and a constitutional monarchy. The current emperor of Japan is Naruhito.
Because of its numerous islands, Japan has the sixth largest coastline in the world, with 29,751 square kilometers (that’s 18,486 miles). Japan is also home to the eighth largest exclusive economic zone in the world, which covers around 4,470,000 square kilometers, or 1,730,000 miles. Because of its location along the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan is very prone to natural disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, as well as volcanic eruptions. According to the 2016 World Risk Index, Japan ranked 17th in the highest natural disaster risk.
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