During World War II, Japan bombed China with fleas infested with Bubonic plague.
Japan and Russia still haven’t signed a peace treaty to end World War II due to a dispute over the Kuril Islands.
In Japan, Kit Kat candy bars come in flavors like grilled corn, Camembert cheese, Earl Gray tea, grape, and wasabi. The Japanese pronounce Kit Kat like “Kitto Katsu,” which sounds like “You are sure to pass” in Japanese, and so they make a popular gift to students during entrance exam season.
Ninety-eight percent of adoptions that take place in Japan are of male adults, so family businesses can stay within those families.
The sole Japanese man who survived the wreck of the RMS Titanic in 1914, Masabumi Hosono, was called a coward in his country for not dying with the other passengers.
In Japan, it is acceptable to take a nap, called inemuri, on the job—it is viewed as evidence of exhaustion from working very hard.
When Japanese people meet, they traditionally bow instead of shake hands, and the lowest bow shows the deepest respect.