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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Japan This Week: 20 September 2009

今週の日本

Japan News.Japan’s New Prime Minister Takes Office, Ending an Era

New York Times

Japanese dolphin cull: 'A tradition going back to the 1600s'

Guardian

Cash for kids in Japan

Global Post

Death penalty opponent Keiko Chiba made Japanese Justice Minister

Times on Line

Plan to freeze part of extra budget OK'd

Japan Times

Une ère politique nouvelle s'ouvre au Japon, par Philippe Pons

Le Monde

Tokyo police act on train gropers

BBC

Bear attacks tourists in Takayama

BBC

Japan praises Ichiro Suzuki’s major league record

Yahoo Sports

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Japan Statistics

Japan spends less on education, as a percentage of its GDP, than almost every other member state of the OECD.

In 2006, Japan's outlays towards public education came to 3.3% of its national budget. This put Japan in 27th out of 28 places.

The OECD average was 4.9%.

Germany 4%
South Korea 4.2%
USA 5%
France 5.5%
Denmark 6.8%
Iceland 7.3%

Source: Asahi Shinbun

Recently, in Kyoto, thirty-four-year-old monk Mitsunaga Endo completed the legendary Sennichi-kaiho, the thousand day walk that monks from Enryakuji Temple attempt.

He is the fiftieth monk since 1585 to complete the grueling 40,000 km hike on Kyoto's Mt. Hiei.

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun


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