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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Japan This Week: 19 July 2009

今週の日本

Japan News.In Japan, Machines for Work and Play Are Idle

New York Times

Fad or crisis? Japan's 'marriage hunting' craze

Yahoo! News

Cellphone fiction: from touch-screen to silver screen

Guardian

Japan PM Taro Aso's allies set to demand he resign

Times on Line

Le drapeau nippon flotte sur le Tour

Le Monde

Ministry eyes end to statute on murder

Japan Times

Love Hotels beat the recession in the Japan

BBC

A Flash of Memory

New York Times

Ichiro remembers George Sisler so we can, too

Yahoo Sports

Last week's Japan news


Japan Statistics

Recorded child abuse cases hit an all time high in Japan in 2008. According to the Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry, there were 42,662 cases last year.

Tokyo had the highest number with 3,229.

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun

The amount of toilet paper used per day, by sex, was recently announced in the Asahi Shinbun.

Men: 1.72 meters

Women: 6.6 meters

Men tend to use less and less and they get older. In contrast, women use more and more, peaking in their 50s with a massive 12.71 meters/day.

Source: Japan Toilet Research Foundation.

In 2008, some 11,040 foreign students found jobs in Japan. 96.6% of those were Asian, with Chinese the number one group (7,651).

Source: Kyodo News

The number of porcine flu cases topped 3,000, according to the Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry. Of those are five who were on a youth volleyball team that traveled to Thailand for a tournament.

Source: Kyodo News

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