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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Japan This Week 9/3/08

今週の日本

Japan News.Fitting in, Japanese style according to a female American executive at Shiseido cosmetics.

NY Times

Marunouchi, the area near Tokyo Station is now a fashionable place to be.

NY Times

Anti-whaling protester claims to have been shot by Japanese coast guard.

Guardian

Professor creates an online "bully detector."

Daily Yomiuri

Nagoya University researchers recreate a dog's jaw bone from stem cells.

Japan Times

Disney to produce anime in Japan.

BBC

Mariners' Ichiro in spring slump.

Yahoo! Sports

The Japanese and US economic bubbles.

Japan Focus

Kansai swindler rips off hostesses.

Mainichi

Yurika Nakamura wins today's Nagoya International Women's Marathon with Q-chan, Naoko Takahashi, a lowly 27th.

International Herald Tribune

Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

The Japanese National Police Agency reported 153,972 cases of shoplifting for the year August 2006 – 2007. This marks a decline of 3% from the previous year, but is still 36% higher than 5 years ago. The major victims are home centers and auto-accessory retailers.

In 1971, the Japan Federation of Necktie Unions succeeded in getting October 1 declared "Nekutai-no-hi" (Necktie Day).

As of 2006, Japan's rice glut amounted to 1.7 million tons, maintained by the government at a cost of about 50 billion yen per year to maintain rice prices and thus protect farmers in important constituencies. Nevertheless, in the same year, Japan imported about 770,000 tons.

In terms of calories, Japan imports 61% of what it eats.

In 2004, Japan exported 7 million tons of scrap iron, mainly to China.

Source: American Chamber of Commerce Japan

330,000 stray dogs and cats were destroyed in Japan in 2006, down from 600,000 in 2000.

Source: Japan Times

Approximately 270 million cigarettes are smoked annually in Japan.

Source: Daily Yomiuri

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