Japan-Population Distribution

Revision cards on Japan, which is an MEDC, and the population distribution.

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  • Created by: Rukhsar
  • Created on: 13-06-10 13:37

Main Facts

  • Area: 377, 800 sq km
  • Coastline: 29, 751 km
  • Land use: Arable-30% ; Grassland-2% ; Forest-67%
  • Climate: Varies from tropical in south to cool temperatures in north
  • Relief: Mostly rugged and mountainous
  • Population: 125.9 million
  • Population density: 334 people per sq km
  • Natural resources: Negligible minerals and fish
  • Hazards: Volcanoes, tsunami, typhoons
  • Birth rate: 10 births per 1000
  • Death rate: 7 deaths per 1000
  • Infant mortality: 4.3 deaths per 1000 live births
  • Employment: 99% of workplaces employ fewer than 300.
  • Main companies: Toyota, Mitsubishi, Fuji
  • Products: Electrical appliances, cars, motor cycles, shipping
  • Crime: One of the lowest rates in the world
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What factors affect the distribution of population

Japan is made up of 4 main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. To the north Hokkaido has a low population density. The largest island, Honshu, can be divided into 2 parts. The northern part has a lower population density than the south. In the south there is a dense population on the coast including the large cities of Tokyo and Osaka. The 2 islands to the south have population densities similar to north Honshu except for the big cities of Takamatsu and Nagasaki.

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Additional detail

Factors affecting population distribution can be divided into two main groups:

  • Physical factors:
    • relief,
    • climate
    • drainage
    • water supply
    • soils
  • Social and economic factors:
    • mineral resources
    • Employment
    • food
    • supply
    • accessibility
    • politics
    • history
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