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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Japan This Week 2/03/08

今週の日本

Japan News. Insecticide-tainted gyoza dumplings from China sicken 175 people in Japan.

NY Times

Huge Hello Kitty statue goes on view in Tokyo store.

The Daily Yomiuri

The Strange Kinoko Dance Company, on tour in the US, often dispenses with the stage.

Washington Post

Dirty doctor and kinky nurse serve up sexual favors for patients.

Mainichi Shinbun

Japanese police pay tribute to anonymous donor.

Christian Science Monitor

Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

1,060,741 new houses were built in Japan in 2007, a 17.8% fall from 2006, following tough new building codes introduced in June.

Source: Construction and Transport Ministry

People over the age of 65 accounted for 47.5% of those killed in traffic accidents in 2007. Overall there were 5,774 traffic deaths in 2007,a drop of 9.6% from 2006. 35% perished in cars, 33.8% died while walking and 17.9% were killed riding motorbikes.

Source: National Police Agency

The average monthly wage of salaried workers dropped 0.7% in 2007 to 330,212 yen. Regualar wages (including part-time workers) dropped to 249,771 yen per month.

Source: Health, Labor & Welfare Ministry

As of the end of 2006, the United States remained Japan's largest export market. The US is also the biggest investor in Japan internationally, with foreign direct investment totaling US42 billion.

Australia is Japan's 12th biggest export market.

Tokyo land prices jumped a record 12.4% in the twelve months between July 2006 and July 2007.

Source: American Chamber of Commerce Japan

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