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Countries Closest to Japan

Which countries are nearest to Japan?
Excludes uninhabited islands
Last updated: February 09, 2019
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km
country
miles
43
Russia
27
50
South Korea
31
107
Taiwan
67
331
China
205
420
North Korea
261
568
Philippines
353
1558
Vietnam
968
1640
Mongolia
1019
1864
Laos
1158
1943
Cambodia
1207
km
country
miles
1984
Malaysia
1233
2041
Thailand
1269
2128
Palau
1323
2136
F. S. Micronesia
1327
2192
Indonesia
1362
2195
United States
1364
2251
Myanmar
1399
2309
Brunei
1435
2578
India
1602
3073
Bangladesh
1909
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level 70
Aug 28, 2014
Could you accept USA as well?
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level 71
Feb 9, 2019
Sure; and here's a different version of this quiz you might find fun to try.
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level 54
Sep 9, 2014
http://www.gomapper.com/travel/list-of-countries-near/japan.html u r wrong in many ways. pls update
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level 71
Sep 9, 2014
The distances in this quiz are correct. This quiz takes the shortest distance between the countries. The guy who posted the gomapper numbers does not say how he calculated the numbers, but it looks to me like it's an estimate of the middle-of-country to middle-of-country distance - for example, the first gomapper distance says South Korea is 942 km away, but a quick glance at a map shows the actual distance is nowhere near that.
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level 66
Sep 20, 2014
I think you may have forgotten Indonesia, since it must be closer to Japan than Brunei.
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level 71
Sep 20, 2014
You're right! Indonesia has been added now (and is actually closer than Brunei, because there are more northerly Indonesian islands east of Kalimantan)
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level 71
Oct 12, 2014
Nearest misses, in order of distance: Bhutan, Marshall Islands, Singapore, Papua-New Guinea, Nepal, East Timor, Nauru, Kiribati, Solomon Islands
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level 32
Aug 12, 2015
I typed in 4 of those
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level 47
Feb 27, 2016
I tried all of those
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level 75
Feb 9, 2019
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level 37
Nov 17, 2018
I typed first 5
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level 37
Nov 17, 2018
I mean 6
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level 77
Dec 3, 2018
Tried all except Kiribati.
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level 45
Oct 12, 2014
Almost missed one... got Palau in the last 4 seconds!
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level 43
Nov 27, 2014
please add phillipines as acceptable spelling
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level 32
Aug 12, 2015
Missed Micronesia and Palau
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level 32
Aug 12, 2015
Then Brunei and Bangladesh
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level 32
Aug 12, 2015
Finally full marks :)
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level 53
Jun 27, 2016
100% with 1:30 left
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level 58
May 28, 2017
Can you accept FSM? Some of the other quizzes do, including closest to Australia... Thanks
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level 71
Jul 17, 2017
OK!
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level 70
May 28, 2018
I don't have access to any measuring tools and can't find a source, but I'd be surprised if the distance from the Nemuro Peninsula in Japan to the Habomai Islets in Russia is 43 km. It appears to be a good deal less at a glance.
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level 71
Jun 14, 2018
We exclude the disputed Kuril Islands from our calculations, so the 43 km / 27 miles distance is from the northern tip of Hokkaido to Sakhalin. The distance from Hokkaido to the nearest inhabited Kuril Island (Kunashir/Kunashiri) is 16 km / 10 miles, and the distance to the nearest uninhabited Kuril island (Storozhevoy / Moemoshiri, itself a part of the uninhabited Habomai group), is 6 km / 4 miles.
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level 37
Nov 17, 2018
only Mongolia missed
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level 45
Nov 19, 2018
where is Singapore, it definitely has to be in the list
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level 71
Nov 19, 2018
No, it's further. Please see the list of nearest misses above, in this comments section.
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level 28
Feb 9, 2019
You could have done closest countries to japan A to Z but still this is pretty good
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level 30
Feb 9, 2019
Got them all with 1:19 remaining at 1:26:58 PM on February 9, 2019. Not too difficult as long as you are good with Pacific Ocean geography.
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level 59
Feb 11, 2019
I got them with all with 1:20 remaining...but I haven't been born yet.
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level 38
Feb 9, 2019
You forgot Japan, distance: 0
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level 21
Feb 10, 2019
You forgot Singapore
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level 71
Feb 10, 2019
3269 km / 2031 miles away.
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level 34
Feb 12, 2019
Bhutan is closer than bangladesh
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