G8 Countries

The members of the Group of Eight, or G8, are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The eight members meet once a year at Heads of State and Government level.

France, the United States and Russia are represented by their Heads of State, whereas the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada are represented by their respective Heads of Government.

 

Japan


Geographical information:

Area: 377,864 km2
Population: 127.7 million (2006) [1]
Annual population growth rate: -0.003% (2006)
Capital: Tokyo
Language: Japanese

Economic data:

GDP (nominal) 2007 [2]
-  Total $ 4,382 billion
 -  Pro capita $ 34,296
-  % World GDP 8.0 [4]

GDP (PPP) 2007 [3]
-  Total $ 4,292 billion
 -  Pro capita $ 33,596
-  % World GDP 6.6 [4]

Form of government:

Parliamentary constitutional monarchy

Leader:

Prime Minister Taro Aso

G8s held to date:

Hokkaido Toyako Summit (2008)
Kyushu-Okinawa Summit (2000)
Tokyo Summit (1993)
Tokyo Summit (1986)
Tokyo Summit (1979)

 


 


[1] ONU - World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision
http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wpp2006/wpp2006.htm

[2] Estimates for 2007 published by the International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, October 2008.
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2008/01/weodata/index.aspx

[3] PPP (Purchasing Power Parity)
Estimates for 2007 published by the International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, October 2008.
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2008/01/weodata/index.aspx
For further information on the calculation of purchasing power parity consult http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purchasing_power_parity

[4]  Reprocessing of the figures published by the International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database.