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This country comparison is a concise, tabular overview of numerous data from our respective country pages for Japan and South Korea. For further information and explanations, we provide many details per country that go far beyond this comparison. For example, there are separate sub-pages for both countries on economy, climate, energy, refugees, inflation, population and much more.
In addition, we offer several international comparisons on individual topics, which are also linked on this page.

General information

 JapanSouth Korea
Region:East AsiaEast Asia
Area:377,970 km²100,339 km²
Official language:JapaneseKorean
Government form:Parliamentary constitutional monarchyPresidential republic
Independent since:660 BC1948 AD
Capital:TokyoSeoul

Population

Details for Japan and South Korea

 JapanSouth Korea
Population:125,682,00051,745,000
Inhabitants/km²:332.5515.7
Life expectancy males:Ø 82 yearsØ 81 years
Life expectancy females:Ø 88 yearsØ 87 years
Average age:Ø 48.6 yearsØ 43.2 years
Birthrate:6.80 ‰5.30 ‰
Deathrate:11.10 ‰5.90 ‰
Migrationrate:0.74 ‰2.63 ‰

Quality of life

Values from 0 (bad) to 100 (very good)
See also: Explanations and country ranking on quality of life

 JapanSouth Korea
Political stability:8781
Civil rights:8675
Health:9292
Climate:5456
Cost of Living:2742
Popularity:4141

Economy

Details for Japan and South Korea

 JapanSouth Korea
Currency:Japanese Yen
(1 JPY = 100 Sen)
Won
(1 KRW =100 Chon)
Unemployment rate:2.8 %3.5 %
Inflation rate:-0.23 %2.50 %
Cost of Living:
(USA = 100%)
101.95 %86.98 %
Commercial taxes and contributions:46.70 %33.20 %
Average income:42,620 US$34,980 US$
Corruption index:27 (good)38 (moderate)


 JPN:
total
per 1000
inh.
KOR:
total
per 1000
inh.
Gross domestic product:4,937,422 M US$39.29 M US$1,798,534 M US$34.76 M US$
Gross national product:5,356,987 M US$42.62 M US$1,809,840 M US$34.98 M US$
Exported goods:919,158 M US$7.31 M US$771,202 M US$14.90 M US$
Imported goods:941,671 M US$7.49 M US$698,103 M US$13.49 M US$

Infrastructure

Details for Japan and South Korea

 JPN:
total
per 1000
inh.
KOR:
total
per 1000
inh.
Roadways:1,218,772 km9.70 km100,428 km1.94 km
Railways:27,311 km0.22 km4,111 km0.08 km
Waterways:1,770 km0.01 km1,600 km0.03 km
Harbours:5,2010.04141,9040.0368
Passenger airports:800.0006150.0003

Energy balance

Details for Japan and South Korea

 JPN:
total
per 1000
inh.
KOR:
total
per 1000
inh.
Energy consumption:943.70 bn kWh7.51 m kWh507.60 bn kWh9.81 m kWh
Energy production:989.30 bn kWh7.87 m kWh526.00 bn kWh10.17 m kWh
CO2 emissions:1.08 bn t8,605.64 t610.79 m t11,803.87 t

Telecommunication

Details for Japan and South Korea

 JapanSouth Korea
International dialing:+81+82
Internet domain:.jp.kr

 JPN
total
JPN
per 1000
inh.
KOR
total
KOR
per 1000
inh.
Landlines:61,978,59449323,858,239461
Mobile cellulars:195,054,893155270,513,6761363
Internet server:64,453,000513315,6976
Internet users:113,389,25290249,936,423965
Broadband Internet:44,000,79135022,327,182431

Healthcare system

Details for Japan and South Korea

 JapanSouth Korea
Hospital beds per 1000 inh.:12.9812.43
Physicians per 1000 inh.:2.412.37
Diabetes:5.6 %6.9 %
Tuberculosis:0.12 ‰0.49 ‰
Tuberculosis cure rate:66.0 %82.0 %
Smokers:20.1 %20.8 %

Climate

We also provide a more detailed climate comparison of both countries.
The data for each country can be found here: Japan and South Korea

 JapanSouth Korea
Daytime temperatures:19.1 °C18.1 °C
Nighttime temperatures:11.3 °C9.8 °C
Water temperature:18.0 °C12.8 °C
Rel. humidity:69 %69 %
Rain days:10.06.8
Sunshine hours per day:5.36.1

Native languages

 JapanSouth Korea
Korean:0.5 %99.9 %
Japanese:99.1 %n/a
Chinese:0.2 %0.1 %
English:0.1 %n/a
Filipino:0.1 %n/a
other:0.0 %0.0 %

Religions

 JapanSouth Korea
Shinto:79.2 %n/a
Buddhism:66.8 %24.2 %
Nondenominational:n/a43.3 %
Christianity:1.5 %31.6 %
other:-47.5 %0.9 %


Data inventory and updates

A country comparison like this can be based on several hundred individual data items from dozens of different sources. All data are based on the most recent data available to us. Most of them refer to the previous year and are updated around March of the following year. If a country has not yet published data for the most recent or penultimate year, we present the most recent official data. Updates are made on an ongoing basis depending on the subject area or source, so there is no single "cutoff date" for this comparison. Sources for almost all data can be found on our respective country pages.