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Problems of Emptying Countryside in Northern Japan (miniseries part 2)

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Continuing from the part 1.

3. Impact on society in Japan
3.1. Social impact on the populace

The most visibly, the flight from the countryside can be seen in oversupply of vacant homes. In 2014, already 8.2 million homes in Japan were empty and the pace is likely to accelerate further (Johnston, 2015). 40% of these were not on sale or rent, and thus can be considered abandoned. The most of these abandoned homes are in the shrinking rural communities. The empty homes decrease the appeal of the neighborhood and contributes to the reduction in the local population. Another clear sign of the trend is the increase in average age of the rural population. In 2006, the country had people with age of 65 and older, less than 1.5 times the amount of children under 14 years of age, but the ratio is prospected to increase to 3.3 by 2050 (Smil, 2007). This effect will be even more prominent in the countryside.

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Jännä kaarisilta Iwakunissa

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Hiroshiman reissun aikana poikettiin myös pikaisesti naapuriprefektuurin, Yamaguchin puolelle, Iwakunin kaupunkiin. Hiroshimasta paikallisjunilla sinne pääsee 45 minuutissa. Iwakuni (suomeksi Kivimaa) on entisen Iwakunin läänin pääkaupunki ja omaa täten jonkin verran historiaa ja nähtävyyksiä, vaikka nykyään paikka on japanilaisessa mittakaavassa kovin pieni vajaalla 150 000 asukkaalla. Kuuluisin Iwakunin tunnusmerkki on sen erityisen mallinen silta.

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