Japanese Party Chooses Aso as Leader.
Cabinet's Support Rate Starts Off at 48%.
Tourism minister apologizes for gaffes.
Obituary: Jun Ichikawa.
Air bag for Japan's elderly.
Japan's karaoke politics.
Japanese Transport Minister Nariaki Nakayama resigns
Oh to step down at end of season.
Italian Valentino Rossi won the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi and his sixth world championship.
Last week's Japan news
Average Monthly Cash Earnings of Regular Employees (2007): 330,313 yen.
Total Hours Worked and Scheduled Hours Worked (2007): 1,808 hours.
Source: The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training
2007 saw traffic fatalities dip below 6,000 for the first time in 54 years in Japan.
Source: Yahoo News Japan
Sales at convenience stores rose 5.3% in August compared with a year previously. Total sales were reported at 678.48 billion yen. The increase was partly due to more shoppers buying cigarettes now that vending machines require a TASPO card to purchase tobacco.
Source: Daily Yomiuri
Japan ranked 18th in the annual global corruption survey tied with the US. New Zealand, Sweden and Denmark were joint top followed by Singapore. The UK was 16th. China was ranked 72nd. Somalia was dead last at 180.
Source: Transparency International
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Sunday, September 28, 2008