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Slums? In Japan?

We don’t need to spend too much time discussing how proud, clever and efficient (not to mention kind) the people of Japan are. Similar to the Koreans, the Japanese strike a balance between efficiency and personal pride, for the good of all. As a refresher, Japan is an archipelago, or string of islands, on the eastern edge of Asia. There are four main islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu) plus nearly 4,000 smaller islands. Japan’s nearest mainland neighbors are the Siberian region of Russia in the north and Korea and China farther south. With a population of over 125.8 million people, space is tight and, so, the Japanese need to be creative in how and where they build. The top cities in the country are well known – Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kobe, Fukuok and Hiroshima.

All cities have their issues though, slums being one, and Japan is no exception. But, when you travel there, you’ll soon discover that Japanese slums are either rare, or well-hidden. Watch the video below to see something unexpected about this rather exemplary country.

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