In 2001, the amount of cultivated land in Japan totaled 4.794 million ha (11.85 million acres), which was approximately 13% of the total area of Japan. Out of the total agricultural land, 2.624 million ha (6.484 million acres) of land was paddy fields and 2.17 million ha (5.36 million acres) was other cultivated fields (see Chart 2-2-1).
The amount of cultivated land in Japan peaked at 6.09 million ha (15.05 million acres) in 1961, but has since continuously declined. On the other hand, the ratio of cultivation (the annually accumulated area under crop, by cultivated areas) has started to increase since 1999 (see Chart 2-2-2).
Chart 2-2-1 Cultivated Areas in Each Region (in 2001)
Chart 2-2-2 Trends in Cultivated Areas
2 Trends of Forestry Land
(Current Status of Forestry Land)
In 2000, Two-thirds of the total area of Japan is classified as forest, and the total area of land in forestry use was 25.112 million ha (62.05 million acres) (see Chart 2-2-3).
The most important forested areas are designated as protected forests, in order to promote their public benefits, and totaled 8.93 million ha (22.07 million acres) (20% of the area of Japan) at March 2002 (see Chart 2-2-4).
Chart 2-2-3 Forestry Land in Each Region (in 2000)
Chart 2-2-4 Trends in Protected Forest Area
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