Population Density in Japan Life in a Crowded Country
Population Density • : The average number of persons in a unit of area, such as a square mile. • Japan has 880 persons per square mile. • U.S. has 83. Japan is 11 times more densely populated.
Essential ? How does population density affect the way people live?
Limited Land • Only 1/8th of Japan is arable land, or good farmland. • People cluster in the good land.
Housing • Smaller homes with smaller appliances and no bedrooms. • Cremation after death.
What’s this? Capsule Hotel in Japan
Land Use • Building up and down.
What must the Japanese consider when building high-rises? • Developed earthquake-resistant construction techniques.
Terracing: the creation of flat areas on mountain slopes for the purpose of farming.
Health • How would a crowded city affect one’s health? • Strict laws against pollution. • Recycling is encouraged.
Transportation How long did it take you to get to school today? Average commute in Tokyo is 1 ½ hrs. Efficient public transportation 180 mph passenger trains. Regulate car ownership Pay for parking
Let’s get a feel for how crowded these trains are. Can I get a few volunteers?
Assignment: Analyzing Tables • ELT: Interpret various tables • Can a place have too many people? • Let’s consider population density, per capita income, and life expectancy in several countries.
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