INGESTED CALORIES
JAPAN
FRANCE
Total calories
2887
3632
Animal calories (%)
22
40
Cereal equivalent
1,9
3,4
EXPLANATION FACTORS (1992 data)
JAPAN
FRANCE
Gross Domestic Product per inhabitant ($)
28190
22260
Cultivated land per inhabitant (hectares)
0,04
0,34
Education rate
99
99
Inhabitants per active farming handworker
36
46
Urbanization rate
77
73
Average lifetime (years)
79
77
Food consuming rate per food groups (per year, in kg per inhabitant, from 1992 data )
Japan means fish and seafood
The income per inhabitant in Japan is higher than the French one. This allows Japanese to reach the food model consumption of a rich country. Nevertheless its geographical background, the small cultivated land surface per inhabitant, together with a high rate of population, required a specific food production and a specific consumption model.
Actually, the cultivated land surface per inhabitant is only of 0,04 hectare, which means one of the lowest in the world. As a result, the main agriculture is rice with several crops a year, as well as a high rate of seafood resources. It is then necessary to import food products. The Japanese food consumption model is also characterized by a moderate and thrifty way of living.
Since 1950 Japan is a rich industrialized country and its development is the same as in Europe, which can be seen in the new way of consuming of the Japanese whose new staple diet is now similar to the European one.

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