Edited by Michael Zanko
Chapter 7: Japan
Japan is an island country situated on the eastern edge of the Asian continent, and is surrounded by the Sea of Japan, the Pacific Ocean, and the East China Sea. Japan is made up off OUT main islands (Hokkaido. Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu) and about 6,800 smaller islands. The total land area is 377,829 square km, and the four main islands area make up 99 per cent of this total land area. Japan is a mountainous country: about 60 per cent of the Iand is given to mountains and volcanoes. Nearly 70 per cent of the total area is covered by forests and fields, about 15 per cent is farm land, and only 2.6 per cent is residential land (Statistics Bureau Management and Coordination Agency, 1997b).
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