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Japanese AssignmentGeographical SettingJapan is an island country in the North Pacific Ocean It lies off the northeast coast ofmainland Asia and faces RussiaKorea and China Four large islands and thousands ofsmaller ones make up Japan The four major islands-HokkaidoHonshuKyushu andShikoku form a curve that extends for about 1900 kilometres TopographyJapan is a land of great natural beauty mountains and hills cover about 70 of thecountry IN fact Japanese islands consist of the rugged upper part of a great mountainrange that rises from the floor of the North Pacific Ocean Jagged peaks rocky gorgesand thundering mountain waterfalls provide some of the countrys most spectacularscenery Thick forests thrive on mountansides adding to the scenic beauty of theJapanese islands Forests cover about 68 of the countrys landJapan lies on an extremely unstable part of the earths crust As a result the land isconstantly shifting This shifting causes two of Japans most striking features--earthquakes and volcanoes The Japanese islands have about 1500 earthquakes a yearMost of them are minor tremors that cause little damage but severe earthqaukes occurevery few years Underseaquakes sometimes cause huge destructive tidal waves calledtsunami along Japans Pacific coast The Japanese islands have more than 150 majorvolcanoes Over 60 of these volcanoes are activeNumerous short swift rivers cross Japans rugged surface most of the rivers are tooshallow and steep to be navigated Their waters are used to irrigate farmland and theirrapids and falls supply power for hydroelectric plants Many lakes nestle among theJapanese mountains Some lie in the craters of extinct volcanoes A large number of hotsprings gush from the ground throughout the countryThe Japanese islands have a total land area of about 337708 sqkm The islands inorder of size are Honshu Hokkaido Kyushu and Shikoku The sea of Japan washesthe countrys west coast and the Pacific ocean lies to the eastClimateRegional climates in Japan can be compared to those of the East Coast of the UnitedStates Kyushu and Shikoku have a climate much like
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