Court rejects suit against writer and Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe.
Sexlessness in Japan.
Mt. Fuji can "cure" depression.
US sailor admits guilt in murder of Japanese taxi driver.
Global survey ranks Japan as the country with the most positive international influence.
Penguins in Matsue fall in love with white rubber boots--and draw in huge crowds.
New restrictions placed on US troops based in Japan following murder of cab driver.
Spectacular debut for Chicago Cubs Yosuke Fukudome.
April 1st marked the 50th anniversary of the banning of prostitution in Japan.
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In February 2007, the Asahi Shimbun surveyed 2,642 adults concerning the question: “Does a company name or brand name matter when you buy processed food products?”. 14% said yes, 55% said a qualified yes. 31% said no.
The Sankei Shimbun reported that public pay phones throughout Japan have decreased from 800,000 in 1986 to less than 400,000 by the end of 2005.
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) made a loss of about 14.3 billion yen in 2006.
102.2 million mobile phones were in service in Japan at the beginning of 2007.
Shotengai, or shopping streets, in Japan were a phenomenon of the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s, growing to a nationwide total of about 15,000.
The highest price ever paid for a Japanese samurai sword is 270 million yen (about USD2.4 million) for a 900-year-old national treasure known as the Hisakuni, an heirloom of the Tokugawa clan.
Annual trade between the US and Japan amounts to around USD200 billion.
Japan’s population is projected to drop 20%, to less than 100 million, by 2050. By then, about 35% of the population will be over 65 years old.
One in five Japanese is over 65 years old. This will rise to one in four by about 2015.
Japan has less than 3% of the world’s population, but consumes about 5% of its food, including 15% of its marine produce.
60% of Japan’s caloric intake is imported.
Source: ACCJ (American Chamber of Commerce Japan)
There are about 270,000 practicing physicians in Japan, or 2.0 per one thousand population. The OECD average is 3.1, and Japan ranks 27th out of the 30 member countries. Japan has the lowest ratio among the G7 industrialized economies (the US stands at 2.4, Germany and France at 3.4). To reach the OECD average, Japan would need to add some 140,000 doctors.
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