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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Japan This Week: 28 June 2009

今週の日本

Japan News.A Solution to the Whaling Issue? Former MOFA spokesman speaks out

Japan Focus

Japanese exports plunge again

Guardian

Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima's Serpentine Pavilion: now you see it, now you don’t

Times on Line

Popularity of the abacus rises as kids get back to basics

Japan Times

Au Japon, le surmenage au travail tue

Le Monde

Toyoda takes reins at Toyota Motor Corp

UPI

Japan Airlines to receive bailout

BBC

BRIEF-Soccer-Espanyol sign Japan midfielder Nakamura from Celtic

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During the recent influenza scare, the Yamaguchi Gumi - Japan's largest organized crime group - distributed 1,000 masks for free to three Kobe day care centers.

Local police however confiscated the masks when word got out about their origins.

Source: Asahi Shinbun

According to estimates, Japan's public pensions will provide recipients with the second lowest payout as a percentage of their salary of any of the OECD member states.

According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, 22 percent of Japanese over 65 had incomes below the OECD poverty level. This is much higher than the 13% average.

Pensions in Japan will provide just 33.9% of salaries. Only Britain is lower.

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun

The number of foreign visitors to Japan declined 34% in May compared with the previous May.

486,100 foreign visitors entered Japan last month, which was the 10th month of decline in a row.

Source: Kyodo News

80% of children either bully or are bullied, according to the National Institute for Policy Research.

Bullying was defined as "being shunned by friends, ignored, or talked about behind one's back."

Source: Kyodo News


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