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Japan Population Estimates by Age and Sex, January 2009
0-14 years old: 13.4%
15-64 years old: 64.3%
65 and over: 22.2%
75 and over: 10.4%
Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
The metropolitan Tokyo subway system is at significant risk of flooding in the event of heavy rains, according to a government panel.
Almost 70 percent of the tracks on Tokyo's extensive subway system could flood if rains cause riverbanks to burst. Moreover, 97 subway stations on 17 lines could flood.
550 cm of rain - once thought to occur once every 200 years - falling over the course of three days would cause banks on the Arakawa River to break. Because of climate change, however, that type of rainfall is now predicted to happen much more frequently.
Source: Kyodo News
Sunday, January 25, 2009
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