Nice to meet you again on the world discovery tour featured on the Knowledge Sharing Blog.
Today I will join you in a country known with extremely beautiful names that are “Land of cherry blossoms”, or “Land of the rising sun”.
In this part # 1, invite you to explore: Interesting facts about Japan – Japan and its problems. Okay, let’s get started now!
#first. The country of mountains and islands
Japan is a very familiar country to anyone, because there are countless interesting things about this country. The country of Japan is an island nation in East Asia.
Because it is an island country, Japan owns a multitude of islands, large and small of all kinds, estimated at about 6800 islands – ranked 6th among the countries with the most islands in the world.
However, the four islands of Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Hokkaido alone account for nearly 98% of the country’s territory.
In addition to owning a lot of islands, Japan is also a country with many mountains (hills account for 70% of the country’s area), especially nearly 200 volcanoes are still active.
The most famous of these is Mount Fuji volcano – one of the symbols of the Land of cherry blossoms.
The fact that there are too many mountains makes Japan’s already “slender” terrain further divided, accompanied by many dangerous consequences due to the volcanic activities.
#2. “Specialties” are natural disasters
Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to call natural disasters one of the unique “specialties” in Japan.
While natural disasters are something that almost every country has to suffer, what sets Japan apart from the rest lies in the frequency and number of natural disasters, especially earthquakes.
According to statistics, each year Japan suffers about 1500 large and small earthquakes. And if you don’t know how big the 1500 number is, tell you it is equivalent to about 20% of the earthquakes in the world.
This also means that earthquakes happen every day like a meal, but most of them are just small vibrations that people can hardly feel.
On the scale of the Richter scale from level 1 to level 12, the first levels usually cause little impact, but from 6 or more Richter scale will cause serious damage to homes, buildings, even lice are changing the whole landscape.
The 2011 Tohoku earthquake was the fourth largest earthquake in the world since 1900 and the largest earthquake Japan has ever suffered with a magnitude 9 magnitude, which took its toll. the lives of more than 29,000 people.
Despite being the biggest earthquake, the number of casualties from the Tohoku earthquake remained far from the 142,800 people who died in the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, with a magnitude of 7.9 magnitude.
# 3. The country with an aging population
Today, besides natural disasters, Japan also faces another dilemma, which is the aging of the population.
According to 2018 statistics, the number of people over 65 years old in this country accounts for 28.4% of the total population, of which 2.3 million people are over 90 years old and more than 70,000 people have lived for more than a century.
Japan is also the country with the highest life expectancy in the world, with an average life expectancy of 84.10 years in 2017, six years older than the United States with an average age of 78.54 years.
One of the best examples of Japan’s aging population is that adult diapers in this country outsell baby diapers.
The high life expectancy at birth, in addition to the fact that Japanese people are more and more “lazy”, the aging of the population is taking place more rapidly and more seriously.
Even the number of children in Japan is less than the number of pets in this country – most of them are dogs and cats. Speaking of which, the world’s oldest company Kongo Gumi had been operating in Japan from 578 to 2006 ◔◡◔
# 4. National accident of suicide
The last problem of Japan that I want to send to you in this article is suicide.
Contrary to the extremely low crime rate in this country, the suicide rate in Japan is extremely alarming and is considered a National Accident.
To prevent people from committing suicide, the government had to build a fence around Mihara crater to avoid thousands of people coming here wishing to immerse themselves in the hot face.
And yet, the government also has to impose penalties of up to $ 200,000 for families who commit suicide by plunging into the subway, high-speed train to reduce the risk of unfortunate accidents that cause many more people died.
Even more hegemony, the Japanese also have a traditional place of suicide – Aokigahara forest located west of Tokyo.
Aokigahara is originally a quiet and solemn forest located at the foot of Mount Fuji, but since the 1960s it has become an obsession for many people.
According to reports, each year more than 100 people come to the forest to end their lives. This is said to have the second largest number of suicides in the world, just behind the Golden Gate suicide bridge in San Francisco, USA.
Up to now, it is still not possible to discover the reason why people come here to kill themselves so much, which makes the forest still a mystery, attracting the attention of many. people.
# 5. Epilogue
Well, above is part # 1 of the article:
. I hope that through this article, you have gained a better understanding of Japan.
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