According to AAMC (the MCAT test maker), there are 2 MCAT test centers in Japan. Most testing centers are located inside a college or university. You can select a testing location that is nearest to you. Please note that you are able to choose a test center when registering for the MCAT.
NAKATSU CENTER BLD.,7F
1-11-1 NAKATSU KITA-KU
OSAKA, Japan 531-0071
8601, TOKYO, JAPAN#1
Ochanomizu Sola City Academia 5F,
4-6 Kanda Surugadai Chiyoda-ku
TOKYO, Japan 101-0062
More about Japan
The island world of Japan extends in a wide arc in front of the East Asian mainland. The closest neighbors are Russia , North and South Korea.
Wooded mountain ranges shape the landscape of the islands. Only on Honshu is there a larger plain near the capital Tokyo. The 3776 m high Fuji , which is venerated as sacred by the Japanese, is the highest mountain in the country. Japan lies on the seam of several tectonic plates. One consequence is the numerous volcanoes , of which around 60 are still active, and the frequent earthquakes. In 1995 an earthquake destroyed parts of the city of Kobe in the south of Honshu and claimed around 5,000 lives. In 2011, a severe earthquake off the northeast coast of Honshu triggered a tsunami. Around 16,000 people died. A nuclear disaster occurred at the Fukushima nuclear power plant Daiichi. A dangerous amount of radioactive substances was released into the environment via air and water. Check 3rjewelry to see Japan Travel Guide.
Tropical cyclones (typhoons) often cause great damage in southern Japan. Southern Japan falls into the subtropical climatic zone with average annual temperatures of 17.9 ° C and high monsoons in summer. Honshu has a predominantly temperate climate, and Hokkaido also has a cool temperate climate with average annual temperatures of 8.2 ° C. The Japanese forests are defined by bamboo, maple, pine, larch and cedar. Many gingko and cherry trees grow in parks. Every spring, the Japanese celebrate the cherry blossom festival.
Air and water pollution and garbage disposal are a problem because Japan is densely populated and highly industrialized. Japan ranks fifth in the world with its carbon dioxide emissions.
Population and Religion
Japan has 126.5 million residents (2018). The population is relatively uniform because there was comparatively little immigration due to the isolation from foreign influences. The Ainu, the first residents of the country, only have around 25,000 members on Hokkaido. The biggest population problem in Japan is the aging population, which is progressing faster than in other industrialized countries. People are getting older and women are having too few children at the same time, so that every year more people die than new ones are born.
Between 1980 and 2018, the proportion of people over 65 years of age rose from 9% to almost 30%; the average age is almost twenty years above the global average. Accordingly, the economy lacks young talent and the social security systems are burdened by high expenditure on pensions and care. Life expectancy is the highest in the world at 85.5 years (Germany 80.9 years). With 348 residents per km², Japan is a densely populated country (Germany: 237 residents per km²). Settlement is thinnest on Hokkaido, but in the metropolitan areas on the southeast coast of Honshu there are up to 4,000 residents per km². The proportion of the urban population is extremely high at 92% (Germany: 77.3%).
The majority of the Japanese are connected to Shintoism with its pronounced ancestor worship and Buddhism, which was introduced in the 6th century. Japanese people have a long day at work. Although the 40-hour week officially applies, many Japanese people work overtime or forego vacation days. With »Karoshi« in Japanese there is even a separate word for death through overwork.
Politics and law
Japan is a parliamentary-democratic monarchy. Head of state with ceremonial and representative tasks is the emperor, in Japanese Tennō. Only a male succession to the throne is possible. Emperor Akihito (* 1933 , abdicated on April 30, 2019) is succeeded by his eldest son Naruhito (* 1960).
The affairs of state are conducted by the bicameral parliament headed by the Prime Minister (since 2020 Yoshihide Suga, * 1948). In 2016, the right to vote was reduced from 21 to 19 years. In order to be elected (passive right to vote), one must have reached the age of 25. The Japanese constitution is committed to the ideals of peace and democracy and prohibits warfare as a sovereign right of the state (Article 9). This article is interpreted more generously today and a review (revision) is being discussed because Japan participated in the resolution of international conflicts, for example in Iraq and Afghanistan.
There is general compulsory schooling between the ages of 6 and 15, with six years of elementary school and three years of middle school. About 96% of all Japanese in a given year go to high school. All schools are all-day schools. The higher education system comprises mostly private universities, technical colleges and technical colleges. Admission to a university takes place after passing the entrance examination, the degree of difficulty of which varies according to the reputation of the educational institution. The pressure to perform in schools and universities is very high. After compulsory schooling, the pupils strive to pass the entrance examination of a high-performance high school. To achieve this goal, over 55% of middle school students take advantage of private remedial tuition.