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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Japan This Week: 01/06/08

今週の日本

Japan News.Aid to Chinese earthquake victims to arrive via civilian--not Japanese military--aircraft.

NY Times

Androgynous boys wait tables at cafe for geek girls.

Guardian

Homeless woman lives, undetected, in Fukuoka man's closet for one year.

BBC

Japan's new recipe for killing oneself is being pulled from the Internet at police request.

Washington Post

Narita Airport customs official plants 142g of cannabis on unsuspecting visitor from Hong Kong to test sniffer dogs.

BBC

Japan's Space Station hopes rest on US Space Shuttle flight.

BBC

Slain woman alive when police investigated her neighbor, the killer.

Japan Times

Africa confab ends in Yokohama.

Daily Yomiuri

Japan to ratify ban on cluster bombs.

Asahi

Daisuke Matsuzaka put on DL.

Yahoo! Sports

G-cup law student can sing too.

Mainichi


Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

Around 300 people have gassed themselves this year using a mix of toilet cleaner and bath sulfur to produce hydrogen sulfide, with 34 in the Tokyo area alone. Japan has the world's 9th highest suicide rate (Lithuania is number 1) with one person killing themselves every 15 minutes. There were 32,155 suicides in Japan in 2006.

Source: National Police Agency

Japan Post made a net profit of 277.2 billion yen in the October 2007-March 2008 period after privatization, mostly from earnings at Japan Post Bank. The nation's 24,000 post offices had a weak return of only 4.6 billion yen profit.

Source: Kyodo News

Nintendo has sold 24 million units of its Wii console, with the Kyoto-based company's sales increasing 73% last year to 16 billion dollars.

Source: Time Magazine

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