Public Debt – Japan is the Worst

So many people only look at the US debt and yell and scream while jumping up and down in their yellow rain coats preaching the end is near. True, the US has the largest public debt, but it is far from the worst for it has the largest economy. That distinction being the worst debtor belongs to Japan and if Japan had to pay its debt back, it would be an economic Tsunami of untold proportions. Here are the facts just from the CIA and it is 2 years old. It is far worse and we may see the final capitulation of Japan in 2013.

Public Debt Top 20, 2010 estimate (CIA World Factbook 2011)
Country Public Debt (in billion USD)
 % of GDP per capita (USD) Note (2008 estimate)
 USA $9,133 62% $29,158 ($ 5,415,   38%)
 Japan $8,512 198% $67,303 ($ 7,469, 172%)
 Germany $2,446 83% $30,024 ($ 1,931,   66%)
 Italy $2,113 119% $34,627 ($ 1,933, 106%)
 India $2,107 52% $1,489 ($ 1,863,   56%)
 China $1,907 19% $5,430 ($ 1,247,   16%)
 France $1,767 82% $27,062 ($ 1,453,   68%)
 UK $1,654 76% $26,375 ($ 1,158,   52%)
 Brazil $1,281 59% $6,299 ($    775,   39%)
 Canada $1,117 84% $32,829 ($    831,   64%)
 Spain $823 60% $17,598 ($    571,   41%)
 Mexico $577 37% $5,071 ($    561,   36%)
 Greece $454 143% $42,216 ($    335,   97%)