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Thailand and Japan are two countries situated in the Australian Asian and Pacific AAP region There are many similarities and differences in their physical and human geographies Japan is an archipelago of 3900 mountainous islands with a total land size of 377 835km2 Located in East Asia along the Pacific Ring of Fire Japan ranges from North 50 30I to 210 and East 970 3I to 1030 3I In contrast Thailand is a larger country with a total landmass of 511 770km2 It is located in South East Asia on the Indo-China and Malayan peninsula Thailands landmass ranges from 70 5I to 200 5I North and 970 to 105o 41 East Thailand has a tropical climate that experiences monsoonal influences whereas Japan has a diverse climate ranging from sub-tropical in the south to alpine conditions on the elevated peaks Japan has an aging population which is twice the size of Thailands 90 of Japans 126 million people live on only 20 of its dry land Dissimilarly Thailands population is more evenly spread with a distribution of 117 persons per km2 Japan is a More Developed country MDC with a GNP per capita of US34 500 which makes it Asia most affluent country Japan Economy relies on services and high technology industries Thailand is a Less-Developed country LDC with a GNP per capita of US8 800 Thailands population relies more on a subsistence way of life In fact 75 of its inhabitants making their living from farming Japan is an island archipelago with over 3900 islands The four main islands Honshu Hokkaido Kyushu and Shikoku stretch for over 3 800 kilometres The country situated on the edge of large tectonic plates which are constantly moving providing an unpredictable countryside The Pacific Ocean Sea of Japan Korea Strait and the East China Sea surround the Japanese archipelagoUnlike Japan Thailand is not a group of islands it is however a larger country with a land area of 511
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