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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Japan This Week 8/12/07

今週の日本

Bank of Japan pumps 1 trillion Yen in to the financial system.

Yomiuri

Chinese Defence Minister to visit Japan this month.

Japan Times

Earthquake-damaged Niigata nuclear plant make take 12 months to fix.

Asahi

Japanese film Ai No Yokan (The Rebirth) wins first prize at Switzerland's Locarno International Film Festival.

BBC

The world of cheap hand health (te-koki) emporiums in Kanto & Kansai.

Mainichi Shinbun

Paris ceremonies for Japanese newly-weds.

NY Times

Japan Stats

The annual Obon holiday exodus peaked yesterday with around 53,000 people flying out of Narita Airport for overseas vacations. Over 4.47 million people are expected to use Narita in the July 13-September 2 vacation period.
Shinkansen trains on the main Tokaido Line between Osaka and Tokyo were running at 200% capacity and 150% on the JR Tohoku Line from Tokyo to Sendai and points north.
The Obon holiday (Buddhist All Souls) period sees many people visit their hometowns to pay respect to deceased family members.

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