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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Japan News This Week: 26 July 2009

今週の日本

Japan News.Why Japan’s Cellphones Haven’t Gone Global

New York Times

Japan: Towns face extinction as young people desert roots and head for cities

Guardian

Exclusive interview with David Peace

Times on Line

La Chambre basse japonaise dissoute en prévision des législatives

Le Monde

Moscow finds gulag records on 760,000 Japanese POWs

Japan Times

In Tokyo, a High-Pitched Whine Repels Teens, Attracts TV Crews

Washington Post

Robot struts stuff on the catwalk

BBC

Japanese professor creates baseball-playing robots

Yahoo Sports

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Japan Statistics

In 2008, the Japanese media ranked 29th in press freedom, just behind Australia. Iceland, Luxembourg, and Norway tied for first place (most free).

The US came in 36th, the UK 23rd.

Eritrea was the most repressive country on earth towards its media, at 173rd dead last and one spot behind North Korea.

Source: Reporters Without Borders

45% of Japanese recently polled have read Haruki Murakami. Of those, 51% "liked" his writing.

A breakdown of the reasons for not liking Murakami were "Other" (28%), "I was disgusted by Norwegian Wood" (24%), "his stories are difficult to understand" (23%), "too popular" (7%), etc.

For those who do like Murakami, the following reasons were given: "many metaphorical sentences" (22%), "fantastic, magical stories" (22%).

Source: Asahi Shinbun

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