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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Japan This Week: 18 January 2009

今週の日本

Japan News.Japan’s Governing Party Is Plunging in Polls

New York Times

Japan’s Outcasts Still Wait for Society’s Embrace

New York Times

Japan parties ready for annual conventions

Washington Post

Japan strikes gold from cremated ashes

Guardian

Japan's 'Oscars' welcome Departures

Guardian

United on jobs, but divided over wages

Asahi.com

Prof fatally stabbed on campus

Daily Yomiuri

Rent a friend in Japan

BBC

Japan's machinery orders plunge

BBC

Nissan Motor set to post first loss in a decade

Times on Line

Braves reach 3-year agreement with Kawakami

Yahoo! Sports


Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

2008 witnessed a decline of 4.7% in crime in Japan. That is the sixth year in a row of decrease in crime.

The total was 1,818,337 crimes in the year just ended.

Police said that the main reason for the decline was a decrease in motorbike and petty theft.

Of serious offenses - murder, robbery, arson, rape - only murder showed a rise. There were 1,300 murders in Japan in 2008.

Source: Kyodo News

40% of people notified that they have been selected as lay judges have declined to serve. 295,000 people were selected as lay judges to serve in the new trial system which begins in May.

Source: Supreme Court

Doctors per prefecture, per 1,000 patients:

Top 5

Tokyo: 41.85
Kyoto: 40.82
Fukuoka: 39.70
Fukushima: 36.98
Osaka: 36.77

Bottom 5

Saitama: 21.94
Ibaragi: 22.17
Niigata: 23.62
Iwate: 23.86
Aomori: 24.14

Source: Asahi Shinbun

There were 486,398 foreign workers in japan in October 2008. Tokyo had the largest number 118,488, followed by Aichi 60,326, Shizuoka 31,453 and Kanagawa Prefecture 27,473.

Source: Health, Labor & Welfare Ministry

543,981 students are sitting university entrance exams this weekend at 738 test sites for 797 schools this weekend.

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun

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