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How do Landforms Affect Settlement Patterns in Japan

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How do Landforms Affect Settlement Patterns in Japan?
Japan is located in Eastern Asia. It is not bordered by any countries, the reason for this is because it is a large stretch of islands that go from the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Japan. As a result of it being mostly islands Japan is 80% coastal line. Japan is a country made of of many islands. The bottom right picture shows how Japan is a country made up of many islands.
About 216, 783, 639 people live in Japan.
Mountains and Volcanoes
Certain Landforms will affect where people choose to live...
Mountains: are cold and its harder to breathe at the top, slopes are hard to build on, erosion, avalanches. Faults or cracks occur because of the formation of clusters, separated by lowlands. This causes the land to either lift up into a mountain or drop to form lowlands.
Volcanic Areas: the eruptions from the volcanoes cause a lot of damage, which means reconstruction. People are not allowed to live in a certain distance away from volcanoes that affects the settlement because there is less space to live.

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The Landforms
80% of Japan is made up of mountains and hills because of volcanoes and earthquakes
Japan is located in the ring of fire which contains more than 265 volcanoes of which 20 of them are active
Japan is made up of over 4,000 islands
Approximately 10% of the world's active volcanoes can be found in Japan
The mountains are in clusters, separated by lowlands
50% of Japans landmass is suitable for agriculture
There are several major tectonic lines that run under Japan.
Japan is also divided into arcs.
Heavy rainfall caused by typhoons and rainy seasons leads to active erosion and deposition.
Population Density: 336 people per square km
There is not enough flatland for everyone's needs in Japan.
The Japanese have learned to build taller buildings that are earthquake resistant instead of wide and short.
They also build underground spaces such as shopping malls and museums.
Farmers create new farmland by cutting terraces into the side of mountains.
Most people in Japan settled in the south eastern coast, while the least are settled in the north.



Japan has four main islands Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu
Living on one of Japans smaller islands farther from the main islands may affect the people living there because it could be hard to get certain resources to the island.
Honshu is the largest island in Japan
It holds 80% of the population
Honshu has the capital of Japan, Tokyo
It also has the famous peak, mount Fuji
Hokkaido is divided into three main parts
there are many mountains all over Hokkaido, but there is a bit of a difference
mountains on the southern side are more steep and sharper slopes
mountains on the northern side have more gentler slopes
holds 5% of the population
island has the coldest weather since it is north
the island is known for its rolling hills
Shikoku is the smallest island in Japan
It holds 1% of the population
Kii and Shikoku mountains cover the outer part of the island
The Shikoku mountains have to areas, the eastern and western
The island is best for farming regions
it has many beautiful bodies of water and woodlands
Kyushu is the most southern island in Japan
Even though it is a small island it is heavily populated
It holds 11% of the population
Kyushu is the most rugged island in Japan
The island contains many volcanoes
it also contains many mountains
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