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Last week's Japan news
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:
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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Sunday, January 18, 2009