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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Japan This Week: 27 September 2009

今週の日本

Japan News.The Letter From Iwo Jima

New York Times

Honda unveils U3-X – a battery-powered unicycle

Guardian

"It's Dante's Inferno for Dolphins"

Global Post

Japan launches probe of secret pacts with US

Washington Post

30 more Filipino caregivers bound for Japan this month

Japan Times

Les enjeux d'une semaine internationale chargée

Libération

Japan Airlines requests bail-out

BBC

Japan’s new PM writes IOC backing Tokyo 2016 bid

Yahoo Sports

Last week's Japan news


Japan Statistics

According to a Yomiuri - BBC survey, 72% of Japanese "sense economic disparity" - that wealth is distributed unfairly. Results for other countries are shown below. (The percentages represent the percent of responses that feel wealth distribution is unfair.)

1. France 84%
2. Russia & Turkey 77%
3. Germany 76%
4. Philippines 74%
6. Japan 72%

Britain 57%
USA 55%

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun

Alcoholics in Japan are more likely to commit suicide. 40% of reformed alcoholics "wanted to commit suicide in the past." Twenty percent have attempted to do so.

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun

Unemployment rates in advanced economies:

Spain: 19.3%
Ireland: 13%
Germany: 10.7%
France: 10.3%
USA: 10.1%
Britain: 9.1%
Japan: 5.5%

Source: IMF

33% of Japanese men sit on the toilet when urinating, according to a survey by Toto.

Source: Kyodo

668 Asiastic black bears have been caught and 586 have been killed up to July this year. 1,375 were killed last year.

Japan Bear & Forest Association

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