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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Japan This Week 11/18/07

今週の日本

Japan News.Tokyo seeking a top niche in global finance markets.

New York Times

Cyber bullying on the increase.

Washington Post

Japan to resume hunting humpback whales.

Washington Post

88-year-old woman donates 1 billion yen ($9 million) to her hometown of 44,000 people.

Japan Times

Ivica Osim, coach of Japan's national soccer team, suffers stroke.

Daily Yomiuri

The Nova Collapse: Foreigners Get Mixed Results From Joining Unions in Japan.

Japan Focus

Ozawa talks down coalition after next general election.

Kyodo News

Film Review: The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai

Midnight Eye

Japan's roads play music thanks to engineers who have developed a musical road surface, aka "melody roads."

Guardian

The salarymen of Japan's porn industry.

Mainichi

Japan Statistics

Japan's economy grew at 0.6% in the July-September period in real terms from the previous quarter. The first expansion in two quarters.

Source: Nikkei

The average monthly total of hours worked per regular employee in September 2007 was 148.6 hours a decrease of 2.6% compared with a year earlier.

Source: Health, Labor & Welfare Ministry

The number of New Year's postcards put on sale for 2008 by Japan Post has increased about 3% from the previous year to 3.92 billion, the first year-on-year increase in four years.

Source: Daily Yomiuri

Japan's greenhouse gas emissions totaled 1.34 billion tons in fiscal 2006.

Source: Environment Ministry

The Government of Japan has provided the Project Implementation Committee in the Netherlands (PICN) with financial support totaling up to 255 million yen (settled amount of assistance: 245 million yen) over 3 years to address the "comfort women" issue. This project was completed in 2001.

Source: Japan Foreign Ministry

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government estimates if an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 occurs directly under Tokyo at 6 p.m. on a winter evening, 54,000 people will be injured by falling and moving furniture.

Source: Tokyo Fire Department

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