JAPAN, INDIA: Golf Pollution

JAPAN

In the big cities the lines start forming shortly after 3 a.m. Even the most polite are inclined to forget themselves as they fight for one of Japan's scarcest commodities: space on the golf course. So popular has the game become that it is regularly played by an estimated one-tenth of Japan's 108 million people, ranging from the Prime Minister to Zen monks. So many gorufu courses are being built that some environmentalists are complaining about a new kind of pollution: golf pollution.

Already the land-poor country's 700 golf courses take up as...

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