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Last week's Japan news
The percentage of the Japanese population over age 65 hit 21.5% in 2007. There are now 27 million elderly people in Japan.
Source: USA Today
The total number of Burakumin--the descendants of Japan's traditional outcaste population--is estimated at between one and three million.
Source: Britannica Concise Encyclopedia
Percentage of household food budget spent on dining out by city (rank of city)
Tokyo: 22.5% (1)
Nara: 20.8% (5)
Nagasaki: 16.2% (16.2)
Aomori: 14.3% (49)
Source: Asahi Shinbun
Only 11,638 trainees enrolled on courses for nursing care givers in April 2008 as opposed to a target of 25,407. Japan will require 1.4-1.6 million care givers by 2014.
Source: Welfare Ministry
Tokyo stocks fell 2.75% on Friday to their lowest levels since March 2008.
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Sunday, September 07, 2008