Smokers as a share of of 15+ year-old population reached 20.1 % in 2011 in Japan, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 3.08 % more than in the previous year.
Historically, smokers as a share of of 15+ year-old population in Japan reached an all time high of 50.9 % in 1966 and an all time low of 19.5 % in 2010. When compared to Japan's main peers, smokers as a share of of 15+ year-old population in South Korea amounted to 23.2 % and 14.8 % in USA in 2011.
Japan has been ranked 5th within the group of 13 countries we follow in terms of smokers as a share of of 15+ year-old population, 3 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.
This is the percentage of the total population (or population group) who smoke at least one cigarette a day.