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Internet Usage Statistics:
99,143,700 Internet users as of June, 2010, 78.2% of the population, according to ITU.

Japan - officially Nihon-koku or Nippon-koku - is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, People’s Republic of China, Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The characters that make up Japan’s name mean "sun-origin country", which is why Japan is sometimes identified as the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan is a major economic power, with the world’s second largest economy by nominal GDP, after the United States. It is a member of the United Nations, G8, G4, OECD and APEC. Japan is also the world’s fourth largest exporter and sixth largest importer. Japan is a developed country with high living standards and a world leader in technology, machinery, and robotics.

Latest Population Estimate:
126,804,433 population for 2010, according to US Census Bureau.

Gross Domestic Product:
GNI per capita is US$ 41,366 according to I.W.F.

Country Area:
377,812 sq km - The population density is 336 persons per sq km

Weather in Japan:
Check the local weather in Japan .

Internet Usage and Population Statistics:




% Pop.

Usage Source




37.1 %



60.9 %




68.0 %





73.8 %





73.8 %





78.2 %


Japan Search Engines and Directories:
Japan Search Engines and Directories.

Japan Profiles:

Japan Profile from the Wikipedia

Japan Profile from the BBC

Japan Internet Network Information Center.

Japan Internet Directory
Internet information resources for Japan.

Doing Business in Japan:

Doing Business in Japan
World Bank Group information for Japan.

Doing Business in Japan
Cultural Awareness Training and information about Japan.

Japan Telecommunications and Broadband Internet Reports

Japan Broadband Market Overview and Statistics Report
By September 2007, Japan had 27.7 million broadband lines in place, making it the third largest broadband country in the world after the USA and China (China surpassed Japan earlier in 2004). Much of the success of broadband in Japan is owed to the stunning growth in 2003 of ADSL as a broadband technology. Other broadband services such as Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) have also piqued the interest of the Japanese public. This report looks at the nature of the broadband market, the major broadband providers and access methods – including cable modem, ADSL, FttH, broadband over powerline and wireless broadband.
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Japan Key Telecom Market Statistics Overview and Analysis Report
Japan’s telecommunications sector is one of the most active markets in the world. This market has witnessed the growth of VoIP and triple play services, continued 3G competition among mobile operators, noteworthy uptake of FttH and strides in digital and mobile broadcasting. This report presents a range of key statistical indicators and an overview of the Japanese telecom market.
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Japan Convergence, Triple Play and Digital TV Report
Japan is an early adopter of triple play models, which provide TV, broadband Internet and voice telephony as packaged services from a single provider. Anyone interested in triple play services should become familiar with the progress and plans Japan is making. This report provides an overview of media convergence in Japan, with special attention paid to the broadband TV, cable TV, satellite TV and terrestrial TV markets. Additionally, e-services – such as e-commerce, e-cash, e-banking, e-government and e-entertainment – are examined in this report. E-services will be key drivers of convergence in the Japanese telecommunications market.
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Japan - Fixed Network Market Overview and Statistics Report
Into 2005, the growing popularity of IP telephony in particular is dealing a blow to fixed-line giant NTT. The fixed-line network in Japan is undergoing a major transformation as the traditional telephony voice services move into decline. The copper cable of the fixed network, nevertheless, remains significant in Japan as it must support the millions of ADSL broadband subscribers. Softbank shook up the industry in its bid to become a telecoms giant by acquiring fixed-line companies Japan Telecom and C&W IDC in 2004, merging the two in 2005 to form Japan Telecom IDC. This report provides an overview of the Japanese fixed-line network.
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Japan Broadband, Telecoms and Mobile Overview and Report
Japan’s telecommunications sector is one of the most active markets in the world. Coming into 2009, the country was witnessing the continued growth of VoIP and triple play services, and strong competition among the mobile operators in the 3G segment of the market. Especially noteworthy has been the uptake of FttH services (with a corresponding move away from DSL) and the big strides taken in developing digital and mobile broadcasting. Japan is also one of the world’s leading mobile telephone markets, not only in terms of size but also in terms of innovation and its ability to be early with the introduction of advanced technologies. A very complete report about telecoms industry in Japan.
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Internet in Japan

April 5, 2009 - The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry of Japan has informed that as of the end of 2008, the number of Internet users aged 6 years and older increased by 2.8 million to 90.91 million from the previous year. The penetration rate of Internet users also increased 2.3 points to 75.3 percent, according to a recent survey the ministry stated.

Using a multiple-response questionnaire, the survey showed the number of users who access the Internet with personal computers was the highest at 82.55 million, while the number of people who access it from cell phones was 75.06 million. Those accessing it via a games console or TV was 5.67 million, it said.

In another survey regarding household Internet access using personal computers at home, the rate of households using high-speed broadband increased 5.8 points from the previous year, now reaching 73.4 percent. Of those who have broadband, 53.1 percent use a fiber optic network, according to the ministry.

The survey was conducted on 4,515 households with at least one person aged 20 or older. The number of Internet users and the penetration rate were estimated based on the survey data and national census figures.

According to the Internet World Stats, Japan currently ranks third in the world in the number of Internet users, following China in the first place and the United States in the second place.

Click on this link to see more Asia Telecommunications Reports. New statistics figures, overviews, analysis and updates become available all the time.

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