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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Japan This Week: 17 May 2009

今週の日本

Japan News.Leader of Japan’s Opposition Resigns

NY Times

Swine flu fears prompt Japan to cancel women's North American tour

Guardian

Panasonic seen posting $1.1 billion loss in 2009/10

Washington Post

Sony poised to return to breakeven despite bleak sales prospects

Times on Line

Google to reshoot Japan 'Street View'

Asahi

Les gadgets électroniques menacent le climat

Libération

Cabinet member exits after tryst

Japan Times

Luggage box stuck in plane engine

BBC

Naked, drunk and incoherent in Tokyo

Global Post

Japan's Ishikawa gets invite to PGA Championship

Yahoo Sports

Last week's Japan news


Japan Statistics

So called "eco" cars are expected to account for more than 10% of all car sales in Japan in 2009.

Based on sales figures for the month of April, 2009 - in which Honda's Insight and Toyota's Prius are leading the way with strong sales in an otherwise soft market - 2009 figures for these vehicles should top 10% of automobile sales.

Source: Nikkei Shinbun

Percentage of unwed mothers:

Italy: 21%
Ireland: 33%
Canada: 30%
United Kingdom: 44%
USA: 40%
Japan: 2%

Source: Washington Post


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