The Japanese have a word (tsundoku [積ん読]) for the habit of buying a lot of books and never reading them.
Because of the specific social structure of Japanese society there are many more homeless men than homeless women in Japan. Historically, men were the sole providers for their families. Japanese companies believe that married men work better than unmarried ones do because the former feel more obligations and responsibilities toward their families. Hence, not only elderly men, who face ageism and cannot find employment, but unmarried men over 35 years old have difficulties in finding employment. It does not cause poorer men on average, but rather a greater variance, with increased number of both considerably rich and considerably poor men, in effect producing a greater number of homeless men than homeless women in Japan.
The founder of Japan‘s McDonald’s stated, “Japanese people are so short and have yellow skins because they have eaten nothing but fish and rice for two thousand years. If we eat McDonald’s hamburgers for a thousand years we will become taller, our skin become white, and our hair blonde.”
A Japanese interpreter once translated a joke that Jimmy Carter delivered during a lecture as: “President Carter told a funny story. Everyone must laugh.”
Beetle breeding is a $100 million industry in Japan. In 1999, a beetle specimen sold for 10,000,000 yen which was about $100,000 at the time. The industry used to be illegal which caused surges in beetle smuggling- in 2001, two Japanese men were arrested in Nepal trying to smuggle 542 beetles.
The most popular Christmas dinner tradition in Japan is to eat fried chicken from Kentucky Fried Chicken.
There are 5 enormous cylindrical shafts underneath of Tokyo, Japan which fill with water in case of a flood so it does not to destroy the city.
A Japanese pilot waged a one-man war against the inhabitants of a Hawaiian island he crash landed on during Pearl Harbour. He was assisted by three Japanese locals. This incident ultimately contributed to the decision to intern Japanese-Americans during the war.