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Environment section should be edited.[edit]

Environment section says: Current environmental issues include urban air pollution (NOx, suspended particulate matter, and toxics), waste management, water eutrophication, nature conservation, climate change, chemical management and international co-operation for conservation.[87] It should be changed as: Current environmental issues include urban air pollution (NOx, suspended particulate matter, and toxics), waste management, nature conservation, climate change, chemical management, international co-operation for conservation, and lack of maintenance in plantation forests.[87] Eutrophication is not a significant problem in Japan and lack of maintenance in plantation forests is not recognised despite its significance. [1]

Section of agriculture should have uploaded data.[edit]

The section should have updated data, shown in bold.

The Japanese agricultural sector accounts for about 0.97% of the total country's GDP.[2] Only 12% of Japan's land is suitable for cultivation.[149][150] Due to this lack of arable land, a system of terraces is used to farm in small areas.[151] This results in one of the world's highest levels of crop yields per unit area, with an overall agricultural self-sufficiency rate of about 68% by output value on fewer than 56,000 square kilometres (14,000,000 acres) cultivated.[3]

Japan's small agricultural sector, however, is also highly subsidized and protected, with government regulations that favor small-scale cultivation instead of large-scale agriculture as practiced in North America.[149] There has been a growing concern about farming as the current farmers are aging with a difficult time finding successors.[152]

Rice accounts for almost all of Japan's cereal production.[153] Japan is the second-largest agricultural product importer in the world.[153] Rice, the most protected crop, is subject to tariffs of 777.7%.[150][154]

In 2015, Japan ranked fourth in the world in tonnage of fish caught.[155] Japan captured 1,103,235 metric tons of fish in 2015, down from 4,987,703 tons in 2000, 9,558,615 tons in 1990, 9,864,422 tons in 1980, 8,520,397 tons in 1970, 5,583,796 tons in 1960 and 2,881,855 tons in 1950.[156] In 2003, the total aquaculture production was predicted at 1,301,437 tonnes.[157][4] In 2010, Japan's total fisheries production was 4,762,469 fish.[158] Offshore fisheries accounted for an average of 50% of the nation's total fish catches in the late 1980s although they experienced repeated ups and downs during that period.

Today, Japan maintains one of the world's largest fishing fleets and accounts for nearly 15% of the global catch,[159] prompting some claims that Japan's fishing is leading to depletion in fish stocks such as tuna.[160] Japan has also sparked controversy by supporting quasi-commercial whaling.[161] Zbttp (talk) 04:44, 12 June 2018 (UTC)12 June 2018

Population section in demography should be updated.[edit]

Table on Largest cities or towns in Japan should have the latest data.

1 Tokyo 9,272,565 2 Yokohama 3,726,167 3 Osaka 2,691,742 4 Nagoya 2,296,014 5 Sapporo 1,953,784 6 Fukuoka 1,538,510 7 Kobe 1,537,860 8 Kawasaki 1,475,300 9 Kyoto 1,474,570 10 Saitama 1,264,253 11 Hiroshima 1,194,507 12 Sendai 1,082,185 13 Chiba 972,639 14 Kitakyushu 961,815 15 Sakai 839,891 16 Niigata 810,514 17 Hamamatsu 798,252 18 Kumamoto 741,115 19 Sagamihara 720,914 20 Okayama 719,584

[5] Zbttp (talk) 05:49, 12 June 2018 (UTC)12 June 2018


The English name for Nihon, "Japan" derives from the word "ships" in reference to a "shipping people" (ref. innernigerklas.textleck.ic.ofform) -Inowen (nlfte) 06:18, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

Advertising language[edit]

Quote Chapter 'Military':

The 21st century is witnessing a rapid change in global power balance along with globalization. (... long justification bla, why ?? ... ) Japan, including its Self-Defense Forces, has contributed to the maximum extent possible to the efforts to maintain and restore international peace and security, such as UN peacekeeping operations. Building on the ongoing efforts as a peaceful state, the Government of Japan has been making various efforts on its security policy which include: ( .... some facts at east ...) These efforts are made based on the belief that Japan, as a "Proactive Contributor to Peace", needs to contribute more actively to the peace and stability of the region and the international community, while coordinating with other countries including its ally, the United States.

Come on, guys, what is that ?? Is wikipedia a state run propaganda platform ???


Semi-protected edit request on 7 July 2018[edit] (talk) 20:26, 7 July 2018 (UTC)
 Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. L293D ( • ) 20:36, 7 July 2018 (UTC)

"Recognised regional languages"[edit]

As has been pointed out earlier, the phrase "recognised regional languages" is supposed to refer to languages with some legal recognition and (limited) official use, not "languages that Ethnologue recognizes as existing in the regions". Unless a source can be provided that shows how some or all of the listed languages are recognized on a regional level, the category needs to be deleted. VonPeterhof (talk) 08:27, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

  1. ^ "Annual Report on Forest and Forestry in Japan" (PDF). Forestry Agency. Forestry Agency Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "農林水産基本データ集". 農林水産省. 農林水産省. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "農林水産基本データ集". 農林水産省. 農林水産省. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "World Development Indicators". The World Bank. The World Bank. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "第65回 日本統計年鑑 平成28年". Retrieved 12 June 2018.