Japan & Saudi Arabia

Before in the 1930’s there used to be a huge difference between Japan and Saudi Arabia, Japan leading in most indicators such as Infant Mortality Rate, GDP per capita, Human Development Index (HDI), Life expectancy and Literacy Rate. But after Saudi Arabia discovered it’s oil and started trading with more countries, the economy and the whole country developed. A price improvement around 1980 during the Iran-Iraq War brought Saudi Arabia to what has been its economic peak (in terms of per capita income).

HDI and life expectancy

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HDI affects life expectancy as the better the HDI, the safer and cleaner place is and people live longer. Here it clearly shows that the HDI and life expectancy rate has a strong connection and effects both in a positive manner. The higher the HDI is the higher the life expectancy was. Although now Saudi Arabia is now where Japan used to be in 1980, looking at the straight upwards line Saudi Arabia is following, it is very possible for them to catch up to us or keep following in Japan’s footsteps until Japan’s development steadies and Saudi Arabia catches up.

Child mortality rate and child fertility rate

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Child morality and child fertility rate are as child morality is how many kids are born and child fertility is  annual number of births per thousand population, basically measuring how large the families are. Between 1980 and 2011 the change in Saudi Arabia was drastic. The total fertility only 35 years ago was around 7 is now decreased to 2.5 and the child morality used to be around 100 is now lowered to 9. A huge improvement in development is seen during this time in Saudi Arabia. Although Japan doesn’t have as big of an improvement as Saudi, Japan had an bump of improvement from around 1985 to 1890.


GDP per capita and infant mortality 

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GDP influences infant mortality rate as the richer the country is, in most cases the better the lifes of the people are. Making it a better place to live and less kids die as it is safer, cleaner, and over all better. Japan moves in a circle but in the end the trend is that both lines goes up. In the beginning during the world war 2 where Japan participated, there is no pattern. Saudi Arabia from half way goes up and continues o grow to this day.

How does religion affects the world – my world

My parents are both buddhist but haven’t tried to push me into their religion. Every New Year we go to the shrine near my house and ring the bell and pray for a good year, get an omikuji (paper fortune) but I think every family in Japan does the same. My father had tried once to explain what buddhism believed in but I still have not a hint of what the religion believes in. Personally, I do not believe in any religion or that there is a god. But I am still young so my opinion could change. But there are many other religions that affect my life other than buddhism, such as christianity. For example, I celebrate christmas every year, following the traditions such as giving presents and eating a feast. Even though my parents aren’t really strong believers of any religion and I am not either, I still celebrate the post publicised celebrations and still have a very slight knowledge of religions.

I&S Reflection

In this unit, we researched about food labels across the globe. We found out that most food labels do not contain enough information for an average person to know whether or not the food is healthy. They use many scientific terms for ingredient names and so it is very confusing, therefore most people do not usually look at the labels.  Our task was to create improved versions of food labels and also warning stamps. We made the design more eye catching so that more people would be interested, adding things like graphs and pictures.

We investigated the first problem; child labour. Through our researched we found out that most under developed countries use child labourers as an cheaper and easier alternative to adult workers. The children are much easier to manipulate and are less problematic.

The second topic we researched about was; fair trade. In class, we watched a documentary about how the places that used fair trade had got the fair amount for their products and could now afford more things to help the village. In this investigation I think we could’ve done more research. Our team had done a fair amount of investigation, we had found graphs, the pros/cons of fair trade and more. But now reflecting on our work, I think we could’ve had a longer and detailed analysis. The information we had gathered was enough, but the next step was only half done.

For my food label, I think I did a decent job. Although it wasn’t exactly what I had first desired it to look like, the finished product had replicated it well. If I had done more research for this task, I think it would’ve been much better. But the goal of the label was to make it eye catching and easily understandable so for those goals I think I did pretty well.
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