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Case StudyPopulation in an MEDC - Japan Japan is made up of four main islands, Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu

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Case Study Population in an MEDC - Japan Japan is made up of four main islands, Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. There are also many smaller islands. The islands have rugged mountains with smaller areas of plains near the coast, where most of the cities are found. Facts Area: 377,800 sq km Coastline: 29,751 km Climate: Varies from tropical in the south to cool temperate in the north. Relief: Mostly rugged and mountainous Natural resources: Negligible minerals, fish. Land use: Arable 13%; grassland 2%; forest 67% Hazards: Volcanoes, tsunami, typhoons Population: 125.9 million Population density: 334 people per sq km Birth rate: 10 births per 1000 Death rate: 7 deaths per 1000 Infant mortality: 4.3 deaths per 1000 live births ...read more.


This is where the major cities are and a population density of over 1000 per sq km. Chubu has a population density of 75 - 249 per sq km. This is low because it is very mountainous and where the major volcanoes are situated. Kinki and Chugoku in the south are densely populated especially in the main cities of Hiroshima and Osaka. Shikoku Most of the population of Shikoku lives in the north where farming is popular. The main cities are in the north. There is a population density of 250 - 499 per sq km in the north and 75 - 249 per sq km in the south. ...read more.


The population of under 15 year olds was about 35% in 1920 and was level until 1950 when it started to decrease to 25% in 1970, it stayed like that till 1980 then decreased to 20% by 1995. A number of factors contributed to the trend toward small families: late marriage, increased participation of women in the labour force, small living spaces, and the high costs of children's education. Life expectancies at birth, 76.4 years for males and 82.2 years for women in 1993, were the highest in the world. The population of people over 65 years was just above 5% in 1920 and was level till about 1955 when it gradually started to risen 20% by 1995.The aging population was brought about by a combination of low fertility and high life expectancies. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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