chapter  6
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The Hokkaido and Okayama Prefectural Police Forces

Hokkaido ranks second to Honshu in size among Japan's five major islands, accounting for 85,513 square kilometers out of Japan 's total 377 ,643 square kilometers. While primarily rural in character, with the major activities being dairy farming, fishing, and forestry, industrial growth has taken place in cities like Sapporo, Hakodate, andAsahikawa. Hokkaido is one of the few regions of Japan that is not densely populated--it has fewer than ninety-nine persons per square mile, and astroH through Sapporo 's streets might remind one of a northern United States city like Minneapolis or a Canadian city like Edmonton. Boulevards are wide and laid out in a grid pattern, and there are many high-rise office buildings and hotels. There was a spurt of growth, induding the creation of a huge underground maH, at the time of the 1972 Winter Olympics. Sapporo's population was listed as 1,241,000 in 1975, but it has grown since then to 1,804,000, and is Japan's fifth largest city as of 1999.