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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Japan This Week: 24 May 2009

今週の日本

Japan News.Japan Acts to Contain Swine Flu Outbreak

NY Times

Astronaut tests flying carpet in space

Guardian

Swine Flu Spreads in Japan, Despite Quarantine Inspections

Washington Post

Plunge in Japan’s GDP takes it close to depression and raises prospect of deflation returning

Times on Line

Cutback in flight checks as flu focus shifts

Asahi

Grippe porcine : l'OMS prête à passer au stade 6

Libération

Major banking groups report massive losses

Japan Times

Japan's economy in record plunge

BBC

Japanese Fans Mobilize to Keep Valentine as Their Manager

NY Times

Japan’s Nishikori pulls out of French Open

Yahoo Sports

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Japan Statistics

Eighty percent of Americans replied that Japan is "reliable," according to a Foreign Ministry poll. This is the highest figure since the polls began being taken in 1960 and a 13% rise from last year.

91% of US public opinion leaders answered that Japan was "reliable," which was a one percent decline from the previous year.

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun

For the first time, sales of electric bicycles exceeded those of motor scooters (50 cc engine or smaller). In 2008, domestic sales of electric bicycles - bikes with an electric engine that turns on when you pedal, thus making it easier to go up hills and faster - reached 315,000 units. In contrast, motor bike sales lagged behind at 295,000 units.

This contrasts with 1999 figures: 160,000 for the bikes, more than 600,000 for motor bikes.

Even though electric bikes are often more expensive, they use no gas and can be parked for free anywhere.

Source: Asahi Shinbun

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