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Japan Population Density and Distribution

by hannah and uglee


on 20 April 2016

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Japan's Population Density and Distribution
By Hannah & Melanie
Population Density
Japan's population density is approximately 337.1 people per kilometre squared, this means that Japan is a high density country (high density must be 150 people per kilometre squared and up).
What Enviromental Factors Can Cause This Type of Density in Japan?
We know that Japan has a very high density rate because 70% of the land is filled with mountains and many active volcanoes, so Japan has approximately 30% of arable land left. Due to the small area, people are packed in that 30%.

Population Distribution
Japan is politically divided
into 8 regions and 47

Hokkaido: 66.4 ppl/km2
Tōhoku: 130 ppl/km2
Kantō: 1300 ppl/km2
Chūbu: 300 ppl/km2
Kansai: 830 ppl/km2
Chūgoku: 240 ppl/km2
Shikoku: 220.3 ppl/km2
Kyūshū: 332.4 ppl/km2
**a prefecture is a residence of a prefect
*a prefect is a chief officer, magistrate, a regional government
Historical Influence:
Tokyo, was established as the capital of Japan in 1868

Tokyo holds the Imperial Palace, which is the residence of the Imperial Family (Emperor and Emperess of Japan, and Crown Prince and Princess). The current Emperor is, Emperor Akihito, whom is the 125th Emperor of Japan
Political Influence:
Sometimes, the decision of the government is important when migrating to a new place because they may have desicions that'll give you an advantage.

Tokyo, Kantō, Japan, is the political center of Japan since 1603

It [Tokyo] has the central government organizations; offices, supreme court, embassies, etc
Religious Influence:
People may migrate to a specific area with spirtual importance, to parctice their faith.

The Sensoji Temple of Asakusa is located in Tokyo, and it is one of the most well-known temples in Japan.
Economic Influence:
Sensoji Temple of Asakusa
Tokyo, has several banks and companies, which is a good thing for residences whom are already living in Tokyo, and for the people whom are interested in living there. This gives them a higher opportunity to get a well paying job

The Tokyo Metropolitan area is the first strongest economy in Japan
A street in Tokyo
Historical Influence:
Osaka has been historically known as the "Nation's Kitchen," because of its street food

It was the center for rice trade in the Edo period (1603-1868)

The Osaka Castle was built in the sixteenth century, and it holds a great significance to the unification of Japan in the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568-1600)
Religious Influence:
Economic Influence:
Osaka, has steelmaking and shipbuilding as their main companies, so that allows people to get better job opportunities as well

The Osaka metropolitan area is the second strongest economy in Japan
From all the researech we've done, we have classified Japan as a high density country with an amazing climate, various plains and mountains, and several crop produce. Now we not only know the environmental factors but as well as Japan's history, political decisions, religion, and economy.

Japan falls under the Northern Temperate Zone, making each season's weather not so extreme.
Japanse Alps in Kōshin'etsu, Chūbū
**The Northern Temperate Zone expands from the Tropic of Cancer to the Atlantic Circle
Japan's agricultural land is very limited because its soils are infertile and needs to be cared for. Though, Japan's somewhat wet climate helps supply freshwater and can help with irrigation.
**irrigation is the act of applying synthetic water on soil
Not a lot of farming is done in Japan since the terrain there is hilly. Their main crops are:
soya beans
But Japan is the largest fishing country in the world.
Japan's landforms isn't the only reason why it has such a high density rate, but human factors such as: history, politics, religion, and economy, can be a major pull factor that draws more migrants.
Human Factors
Tokyo, Kantō, Japan
The Nation's capital, Tokyo, is located in the highest density region, Kantō.
Imperial Palace
Panorama of Tokyo
Osaka, Kansai, Japan
Osaka, is located in the second highest density region, Kansai.
Osaka Castle at day
Osaka Castle at night
The Shitennō-ji Temple, was the first Buddhist Temple built in Osaka
Hokkaido, Japan
Hokkaido, Japan, is a low density region.
We think it has a low density rate beacuse of
its environmental factors.
Hokkaido has active volcanoes, that makes it dangerous to live near

Its winter climate is very icy and snowy
Panorama of Osaka
Japanese Supreme court
thank you very much
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