Japan_KSOL_posted - Location and Size In NE Asia An island...

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Location and Size •I n N E A s i a • An island arc, 1400 miles long Consists of 4 major islands 4,000 smaller islands • Area: 146,000 mi 2 (377,873 km 2 ) About the size of Montana > Britain (94,548 mi 2 ) < California (158, 302 mi 2 ) • 4 major islands: Hokkaido 83,000 km 2 Honshu (“mainland) 231,000
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Climate • Moderate, good for agriculture •N o r t h : Cooler Not very good soil • Southern Japan Warm, plenty of rainfall Soil not very good High-relief Topography • Much area is mountainous, steep- sloped • Geologically young - earthquakes - volcanoes • Control of lava flows and mudslides Mt Fuji, 12,388 ft Japan’s highest Agri. Implications of Land • Nearly 75% of land unusable for agr. About 65% of land covered by forest! • 3 major farm zones: Kanto Plain - Tokyo Nobi Plain - Nagoya Kansai District - Osaka All located in Japan’s core area! • Largest fishing industry in the world. • Not self-sufficient! - imports about 25% of its food Lacking Resources Among the raw materials essential for industry - some coal in Hokkaido and Kyushu
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Japan’s Reliance on Imports Energy: 81.5% Coal: 88.9 Oil: 99 Natural gas 94 Iron ore 99.9 Copper 97.4 Lead 87.2 Zinc 76.2 Tin 99.7 Bauxite 100 Nickel 100 Japan is Actually Short of Space • Perhaps nothing defines Japan, the Japanese psyche and a Japanese person’s daily life more than space or the scarcity of it • The tight boundaries dictate the way the Japanese live Japanese Have Little Elbow Room • The average Tokyo dwelling: 620 sq. ft. • The yard is “the size of a cat’s forehead” • Most adult children live with their parents • You hear every time a neighbor flushes a toilet, or shouts at his children. ...... - a feeling of no privacy • Trash is picked up 4 times a week in Tokyo - no place to store it! - carefully sorted, put in see-thru bags
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