As of 1 October 2010, the total population of Japan was estimated to be 128 056 000, comprising 62 360 000 males and 65 697 000 females. With regard to distribution by age group, 13.2% of the population are aged 0-14 years, 63.7% 15-64 years and 23.1% 65 years and over.
The average life expectancy remains the highest in the world. In 2009, it was 86.4 years for women and 79.6 years for men. In 2009, the crude birth rate was 8.5 per 1000 persons and the crude death rate was 9.1 per 1000 persons.
Country health information profile
- You may find the 2012 and/or latest available data in the Data and Analytics section of the Health Information and Intelligence Platform.
News and press releases
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Member States commit to leave no one behind
WHO vows to support Member States to combat the growing threat of vector-borne diseases in the Region; advocates for healthy environment
Sixty-seventh session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific opens in Manila
Japan Joined WHO on 16 May 1951. It was covered by the WHO Representative Office in Taipe, China (Taiwan) from 1959 until the Office closed on 30 June 1972. Since then the responsibility over Japan was transferred to the Western Pacific Region under the Office of the Director, Programme Management.
WHO Country Office
Director, Programme Management
World Health Organization
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
United Nations Avenue P.O. Box 2932, 1000 Manila, the Philippines
(632) 5288 001
(632) 3031 000
(632) 5260 279
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
1-2-2, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-8916, Japan
Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA)
Kasumigaseki 1-3-1, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, Japan 100-8986
- Western Pacific Country Health Information Profiles 2011 revision
Population Estimates Yearly Annual Report 2008.
- National health accounts: country information. Geneva, World Health Organization.
Human Development Report 2007/2008: Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world.
|Population (in thousands) ( 2010 )||128056|
|Population aged 5-14 years (%) ( 2010 )||9|
|Life expectancy at birth (years) ( 2000 )||81|
|Under-five mortality rate (per 1000 live births) ( 2009 )||3.2|
|Total health expenditure as % of GDP ( 2009 )||8.3|
|General government health expenditure as % of total government expenditure ( 2009 )||17.9|
|Human development index ( 2010 )||0.88|
|Per capita GDP at current market prices (US$) ( 2009 )||39530|
|Population below national poverty line (%) ( 1997 )||11.8|
|Literacy rate among adults aged >= 15 years (%) ( 2002 )||99|
|Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) ( 2009 )||5|
|Proportion of the population using improved drinking water source ( 2008 )||100|
|Population using improved sanitation facilities (%) ( 2008 )||100|