Continuing with the same article I have mentioned the past two days, there are some interesting numbers of land utilization in Japan. The numbers below are for the years 1985, 1995 and 2005.
Percentage of Arable Land Utilized (not sure how you go over 100%)
105.1% 97.7% 93.4%
Hectares of Farm Land Abandoned to Other Uses (in thousands)
135 244 386
Most of the other numbers in the report are less interesting as they deal with the case Japan is trying to make about Japanese consumers preferring Japanese produced food.