Even among fellow Asian countries there are wide differences in material lifestyles between high-income countries like Japan and developing countries like India. The Material World Project’s Material world: A Global Family Portrait (Sierra Club Books, 1994) uses photographs to describe the families, possessions like furniture, and homes that are considered standard in 30 countries. Major differences in the way people live are evident in the contrast between the homes in countries like Japan, which are overflowing with material possessions, and the homes in developing countries, which have few. People in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, which have succeeded in industrializing, are surrounded by durable consumer goods — indeed, appliances such as refrigerators and color televisions are found in nearly every home. At least 70% of all Japanese households possess the following durable consumer goods: refrigerators, microwave ovens, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, sewing machines, room air conditioners, color TVs, VCRs, touch-tone telephones, passenger cars, bicycles, and cameras.
KeywordsClean Development Mechanism Rubber Tree Musk Deer Occupational Accident Durable Consumer Good
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