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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Japan This Week: 3 May 2009

今週の日本

Japan News.Toyota's Troubles Slam Japan's Motor City

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Guardian

Japan's jobless rate up, household spending down

Washington Post

China inches towards closer ties with Japan

Times on Line

Barbs traded after negative swine flu test

Asahi

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Le Monde

Kyoto tourists not panicked by flu

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US poet missing on Japan volcano

BBC

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Japan Statistics

Number of maiko (apprentice geisha) working in Kyoto: 85
Number of geisha working in Kyoto: 198

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun

In the current Cabinet of Prime Minister Taro Aso, 11 of 17 members are "hereditary politicians." That is, they are the progeny of politicians. The leading example is, of course, the PM himself whose mother, Kazuko Aso, was Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida's daughter.

Aso's younger sister is the wife of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, a first cousin of the Emperor Akihito.

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun

In 2008, two thousand eighty-three college graduates had their job offers rescinded. That shatters the previous record, in 1997, of 1,077.

Source: Daily Yomiuri

The number of Japanese students studying abroad is in decline. This is in contrast to the increasing number of foreign students studying in Japan.

In 2008, 123,829 foreign students were studying in Japan. This is a 240% increase over the figure in 1998.

However, in 2007, just 34,000 Japanese students were studying in the USA, the primary destination. That compares with 46,000 in 2002.

Source: Daily Yomiuri

Support for Tokyo's bid to host the 2016 Olympics has climbed to 76%, according to a nationwide poll.

Source: Daily Yomiuri

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