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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Japan News This Week: 20 July 2008

今週の日本

Japan News.No longer a reporter, but a muckraker within Parliament.

NY Times

Is Buddhism dying out in Japan?

NY Times

Seoul bars Japanese condom ad.

Guardian

Elephant steps into art world.

BBC

Cancer survival depends on where you live.

Washington Post

Proposal to send SDF to Afghanistan dropped.

Japan Times

Osaka court recognizes 4 as A-bomb sufferers.

Daily Yomiuri

Hideo Nomo retires.

Yahoo! Sports


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Japan Statistics

From January to April of this year, 6,660,000 Japanese traveled abroad. That is a 4.3% decline from the same period in the previous year.

Source: Japan Tourism Marketing

There are currently 120,000 foreign students studying in Japan. That compares with over 500,000 in the USA, more than 300,000 in the UK, and roughly 250,000 in each Australia, Germany, and France. By nationality, 60.2% of overseas students studying in Japan are from China, 14.6% from South Korea, 4% from Taiwan, 2.2% from Vietnam, 1.8% from Malaysia, and 1.8% from Thailand. The remaining 15.4% were from other countries.

Source: Asahi Shinbun

Only 6.6 million (13%) of an estimated 50 million cell phones disposed off in 2006 were collected for recycling.

Source: Economy, Tade & Industry Ministry

According to a 2006 survey, 2.98 million people are studying Japanese overseas in 133 countries up from 130,000 in 1979.

Source: Japan Foundation

Department store sales at 280 surveyed stores fell 2.8% in the first half of 2008 for a total of 3.62 trillion yen for the six-month period.

Source: Japan Department Store Association

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