Economic Trivia

While self-sufficient in rice production, Japan imports about 60% of its food on a caloric basis.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2017): China, United States, and South Korea
Top 3 Exported Goods (2017): Motor Vehicles & Parts, Industrial Machinery, and Electrical Machinery

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Motor Vehicles; Electronic Equipment; Machine Tools; Steel and Nonferrous Metals

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $5,487,161,155,332 (2017)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 1.713% (2017)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $43,279 (2017)
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GDP Country Rank 4/195 (2017)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 0.467% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) Data unavailable
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 47.4% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 0.769% (2016)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 21.049% (2016)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $195,800,717,651 (2017)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 66,503,545 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 3.49% (2017)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 25.578% (2017)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 70.932% (2017)
Unemployment Rate 2.83% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $749,687,709,077 (2016)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $797,780,921,022 (2016)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 28.12% (2017)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $18,837,524,125 (2017)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $181,570,322,768 (2017)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Japan’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank