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Zenbone

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First, that Night Views web site is AWESOME. The question I have (never having visited Japan) is many of the pictures show a HUGE city... is that the majority of japan? I know there are unpopulated areas but is the majority of japan made up of gigantic cities?
 

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Japan is considered one of the most densely populated countries in the world with nearly half the population of the U.S. in a geographic territory slightly smaller than the state of California (see enclosed image). Interestingly enough, Hokkaido (the northernmost island) represents 22% of Japan's total land mass yet only 5% of it's total population.

Yes, Japan can be very congested and dealing with urban sprawl has always been an issue, nevertheless Japan is not solely representative of what you see in the Night Views site. In fact, Japan is home to some truly spectacular natural landscapes, forested areas, and mountainous regions beyond the major population centers you see depicted in their collection of photos. Hope that helps answer your question.
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Yeah, the Tetsujin is right....If you get out of the Tokyo or Osaka area and head straight out into the countryside, there are places where you won't find the urban sprawl....however, no matter where you go, you will find a vending machine.....that's one thing that you cannot escape....
 

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Well, of course, as Japanese people always like to compare their country to the US, China or Russia, Japan indeed looks small. Compare to Australia and Canada (even the US), it is crowded. However, by European standard, Japan is a large country (extremely long, as it streches the distance from Denmark to Spain, or the other way, from England to Turkey).

Several places in Europe have comparable or higher population density (England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Rheinland-Westfallen in Germany...). As for the land area, Japan is bigger than any European country, except France and Spain. It is twice bigger than England (or about 50% bigger than the UK).

If you take only Eastern China, without Tibet and the Gobi desert, which anyway are not really Chinese historically and ethnically, China's population density is completely comparable to that of Japan (have a look at this map ). India also has almost the same population density as Japan.

In Indonesia, if I believe Lonely Planet's stats, the island of Java (3rd biggest) has a population slightly higher than Japan for only 1/3 of the land area. Having been to Java myself, I can tell you how mountainous it is. What's more there are about 25 active volcanos on the island.

So, after all, I don't think Japan is so crowded, especially if you remove Tokyo and go to the countryside.
 

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First, that Night Views web site is AWESOME. The question I have (never having visited Japan) is many of the pictures show a HUGE city... is that the majority of japan? I know there are unpopulated areas but is the majority of japan made up of gigantic cities?

The thing is most people live in places like you see on that site or this one: http://www.chachich.com/mdchachi/kinjo.html

However most of the land of Japan is rural or mountainous. It's like living in the middle of LA but being able to hop on a high-speed train and quickly go to the San Bernardino mountains.
There's a variety of Japan pics at http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Asia/Japan/
http://www.trekjapan.com/
 

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Basically 80% of Japan is mountains. We live in the other 20%. This is why it's so dense. So in a sense yes, the majority of inhabited Japan is large urban sprawls. I think the Tokyo-Yokohama conurbation is supposed to be the largest urban sprawl in the world.

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Originally posted by Maciamo
Well, of course, as Japanese people always like to compare their country to the US, China or Russia, Japan indeed looks small. Compare to Australia and Canada (even the US), it is crowded. However, by European standard, Japan is a large country (extremely long, as it streches the distance from Denmark to Spain, or the other way, from England to Turkey).

This reminds me of an episode of SCTV, back in the early '80's, before Rich Moranis, John Candy and the rest of the gang became really famous as movie actors, and one of the SCTV gang was doing this skit called CCCPTV, making a parody of Soviet TV.
The one in particular was when the news anchor would have this humongous map of Mother Russia and the guy would say,
in the russian accent in English:
"Welcome, comrades, to What Fits Into Mother Russia!" and the guy picks up the outline of a particular country or state, say Hawaii, and looks into the camera, laughing, "Last week, we tried with the pineapple state, and...Look! It disappears in the vastness of Mother Russia!
"Ok, comrades....this week, we have the state you know for big tales....That's right! The Lone Star state, Texas. Let's see how it looks against the vastness of Mother Russia?"
then he puts the state against the map. "Ha ha ha! Mother Russia just swallows up Texas! So long lone star state!"

well, the parody was fairly funny at the time.....and the statement above just reminded me of that show.... :D
 

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Russia is so big (17m square km) you could put in the EU (3,2million sq km), India (3,2m sq.km), Indonesia (1,9m sq km), Australia (7m sq km),Japan (0,37 sq km), both Korea (togetehr 0,22m sq km) and a few more countries. And I am not even talking of the ex-USSR.

What suprises me too, is that the US land area is about the same as the EU + India + Indonesia + Mexico, which altogether would have a population of 1,8 billion, so more than 6x that of the US ! Add China (same size as the US, 1,3billion people) and half of the world lives in only 5 countries (the EU being one for me), smaller than the US and Canada together.

After, that the US which is sparsely populated. Pakistan and Banglandesh together have a similar population (145m + 130m = 275m) to the States on just less than 10% of its land area (0,8m + 0,14m = 0,94m sq km, about the same as Texas !).
 

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Originally posted by Maciamo
Compare to Australia and Canada (even the US), it is crowded.

Compared to Canada and Australia almost every country in the world is crowded. Both countries have a population within a few million of Tokyo, ;plus Canada is the second largest country in the world (Australia falls somewhere in the top 10, I think it might be 5, not sure of that I've only ever had to remember the top 4.
 

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australia is nearly as big as the US, with a population of 17 million, which is about half the population of texas. and most people live along the east coast of the country.
 

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wow, did't realize Australia had a population that small, the rest I knew, but I'm surprised population is so low.
 

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Yeah, Australia has about the same population as the Netherlands, which is half smaller than Tasmania !

There are less Canadians and Australians than English people (not British, just English).
 
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