Steel in US: wood in Japan

Japan is at the seismic centre of the world. Because it is highly earthquake prone, it cannot build in steel and other alloys. Obviously, the danger of lives getting lost during earthquake is far greater when rubble of steel falls on you. With wood, chances of getting badly hurt are minimized. Moreover, Japan’s domestic wood produce is far greater than USA and thus its desire to mop up easily available raw material is only practical. Wood houses are built more quickly. The Japanese work force is more industrious as can be envisaged by their ability to master physical fitness techniques.

US on the other hand prefer tall skyscrapers, a tribute to architecture, all in washed or glitzy steel. Right from the foundation to the last lineament pillar to even the scaffolding, USA prefers its sublime building agent, steel. The fact, that steel is more readily available and that US is far from seismic power play helps its stand.

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