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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Japan This Week 9/16/07

今週の日本

PM Shinzo Abe resigns suddenly, Yasuo Fukuda favorite to beat Taro Aso in LDP Presidential election.

Guardian

Ninth World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention opens in Kobe.

Yomiuri

70% of voters call Abe "irresponsible."

Asahi

Women quit day jobs to feel wanted--in night sex jobs.

Mainichi

Japanese housewives trading in currencies take a hit.

NY Times

Dengue fever on its way to Hokkaido?

Japan Times

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival to open October 4th.

Mainichi

Nagoya University students deface Tottori sand dunes.

Yomiuri

Japan Statistics

The number of people over 100 years of age in Japan will top 30,000 according to a survey of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. The number of centenarians will reach an all time high of 32,295 by the end of September up 3,900 from last year.

Women count for 85.7% of the total or 27,682 as opposed to men at 4,613. The oldest male Tomoji Tanabe, lives in Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu and at 112 is the world's oldest male. Tsuneyo Toyonaga of Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku is 113 and Japan's oldest female.

Okinawa followed by Kochi, Shimane, Kumamoto and Ehime Prefectures (all more rural areas) have the most centenarians. Saitama just outside Tokyo has the lowest.

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