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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Japan This Week 2/4/07

今週の日本

Japan opposition party continues to boycott Diet in response to Health Minister Hakuo
Yanigisawa's remarks calling women "birthing machines"

Japan Times

Movie review of epic samurai thriller "Dororo".

Japan Times

Sex among the silver set in Japan.

Mainichi

School bully takes own life.

Yomiuri


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Annual health expenditure per person in Japan - 316,738 Yen or 2,614 USD (8% of GDP)

Percentage of adults with diabetes - 6.7%

Number of McDonald's fast food restaurants nationwide in Japan - 3,891

Prefecture with highest level of obesity - Okinawa

Source: Hungry Planet: by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio spotted in Kansai Time Out

Around 60% of karaoke establishments flout the Fire Service Law according to a survey by Japan's Prefectural and city fire departments.

Stimulant drug (shabu) smuggling into Japan was up 133% in 2006.

For the first time since records began in 1999, the majority of members of bosozoku motorcycle gangs are adults (people over 20). The number of members decreased from 15,086 in 2005 to 13,677 in 2006, with the number of gangs falling in the same period from 956 to 847.

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