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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Japan This Week: 23 August 2009

今週の日本

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New York Times

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Guardian

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Times on Line

Japan's H1N1 cases at flu epidemic stage

Japan Times

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Japan Focus

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Le Monde

China 'rejects' Japan navy visit

BBC

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New York Times

Tokyo says 17 sponsors backing 2016 Olympic bid

Yahoo Sports

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Japan Statistics

Over the recently ended Bon holidays, fatalities on the nation's roads fell to a record low.

Between August 7th - 17th, 118 people died in car accidents. That is a 23% decrease from the same period in the previous year.

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun

In other transportation news, Japan Railways (JR) announced the number of passengers during the Bon Period (August 7th - 18th). JR recorded a 8% decline over the same period in 2008.

The total number of riders was one million three hundred and sixty thousand.

Source: Asahi Shinbun

In the first six months of 2009, 1,446 people were caught possessing, using, or selling marijuana. That is an increase of 256 compared with the same period in 2008.

84.9% of those were first-time offenders.

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun

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