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Japan Population and religion percentage

Japan is an island country that has nearly 7000 islands, It is located in East Asia in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Japan is the eleventh most populous country in the world. It’s one of the most densely populated and urbanized representing 1.62% percent of the world’s population.

As of Jan. 1, 2023, Japan’s population, including foreign residents, stood at 125,416,877, down around 511,000 from a year earlier, according to a demographics survey by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. and according to the UN World Population Prospects report, the estimated population of  Japan in 2024 is 122,631,432 (12.2 crores or 122 million)

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Japan Demography

Japan has a negative population growth rate during 2022-2023 of -0.50%. Its population is equivalent to 1.62% of the total world population. The total Land Area of Japan is 364,546 sq. km (140,752 sq. mi) & the Population Density of Japan is 340 per Km2 (881 per mi2).

Japan2023 Population
Total Population125,416,877 (125 million)
Global Rank11
Population Density340 per Km2
Area 364,546 sq. km (140,752 sq. mi)
Area Rank62
Capital CityTokyo

Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Religion in Japan

Shinto and Buddhism are the main religions in Japan. The estimated population of both religions is almost identical: approximately 70.4% of Japanese are Shinto are 69.8% are Buddhist. Most Japanese identify as both Shinto and Buddhist and two religions coexist.

The other main religion in Japan is Christianity, though only about 1.5% of the population identifies as Christian. Approx. 6.2% of the population identifies as “other,” a group that includes Islam, the Baha’i Faith, Hinduism, Judaism, and animism.

Japan Religion Percentage

  • Buddhism and Shinto – 92.3%
  • Christianity – 1.5%
  • Other and irreligion – 6.2%

Source: Census estimates

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Top Cities in Japan by Population

#CityPopulation
(2015 Census)
1Tokyo92,72,740
2Yokohama37,24,844
3Osaka26,91,185
4Nagoya22,95,638
5Sapporo19,52,356
6Fukuoka15,38,681
7Kobe15,37,272
8Kawasaki14,75,213
9Kyoto14,75,183
10Saitama12,63,979
11Hiroshima11,94,034
12Sendai10,82,159
13Chiba9,71,882
14Kitakyushu9,61,286
15Sakai8,39,310
16Niigata8,10,157
17Hamamatsu7,97,980
18Kumamoto7,40,822
19Sagamihara7,20,780
20Okayama7,19,474

Source: Japan 2015 Census estimates

Population of Japan 2024 | Religion in Japan