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Natural Regions, Tohoku

Honshu island, northern neighbor, Iwate, Hokkaido, Miyagi

The northern part of Honshu island is the region known as Tohoku, meaning ďthe northeast.Ē Like Hokkaido, Tohoku is mountainous, forested, and generally lightly settled, although its population density is about twice that of its northern neighbor. Tohokuís most important flatland is the Sendai Plain, located on the Pacific Ocean side of the region. Despite a short growing season, Tohoku is an important agricultural area. During the cold winters, many of Tohokuís farmers move to Tokyo and other cities for seasonal work in construction and factories. Many young people move away too, often permanently, to enter the labor market and build careers in other regions. Consequently, Tohoku has been one of Japanís slowest growing regions. Tohoku includes the prefectures of Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, Miyagi, and Fukushima. Its principal city is Sendai.

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Honshu island, northern neighbor, Iwate, Hokkaido, Miyagi, seasonal work, Yamagata, Akita, Fukushima, Sendai, population density, Pacific Ocean, cold winters, labor market, northeast, factories, cities, young people, Tokyo, construction, careers


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