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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Japan This Week: 12 April 2009

今週の日本

Japan News.In Kyoto, a Call to Not Trample the Geisha

NY Times

Japan looks to manga comics to rescue ailing economy

Guardian

Massive Stimulus Packages Add to Japan's Pile of Debt

Washington Post

Japanese scratching their heads over fungus that is killing judo

Times on Line

Uniqlo operator marks record sales

Asahi

Tokyo's cat cafes

Global Post

En 2009, le Japon connaîtra la pire récession des pays industrialisés

Le Monde

Steps against Pyongyang widened

Japan Times

In pictures: Japan's royal anniversary

BBC

Refugees, Abductees, “Returnees”: Human Rights in Japan-North Korea Relations

Japan Focus

American Tuffy Rhodes hits 444th homer in Japan

Yahoo Sports

Last week's Japan news


Japan Statistics

Japan has dropped to third in solar capacity - "grid connected existing solar pholtaic capacity" - in the world. Japan, once the number one solar powered country in the world, had 1.97 million kilowatts in 2008.

Germany was number one at 5.4 million kilowatts. Spain came in second at 2.3 million kilowatts.

Source: Asahi Shinbun

Number of foreign correspondents based in Japan:

1976: 417
1993: 847
2009: 616

Source: Asahi Shinbun

Unemployment in four countries:

France: 8.6% (February 2009)
Germany: 8.6% (March 2009)
Japan: 4.4% (February 2009)
United Kingdom: 6.5% (January 2009)
United States: 8.1% (February 2009)

Source: Time

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