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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Japan This Week 11 October 2009

今週の日本

Japan News.Former Japanese Finance Minister Is Found Dead

New York Times

Mandelson calls on Japan to lift 'invisible' barriers to free trade

Guardian

South Korea, Japan press North Korea to return to talks

Washington Post

Maehara: 48 of 56 dam projects to be frozen

Japan Times

Japan’s king of couture slides into bankruptcy

Times Online

Un typhon fait quatre morts au Japon

Le Monde

Children take over at Tokyo theme park

BBC

Okazaki hat-trick power Japan to 6-0 win over Hong Kong

Yahoo Sports

Last week's Japan news


Japan Statistics

Self Defense Forces (Japanese military personnel): 138,000
People's Army (Chinese military personnel): 1,601,000

Japanese Naval Fleet: 148 ships (43.5 square ton displacement)
Chinese Naval Fleet: 890 ships (130 square ton displacement)

Japanese Air Force: 430 fighter planes
Chinese Air Force: 1,980 fighter planes

Source: Asahi Shinbun

52.3% of Tokyo University (Todai) students' parents combined income in 2007 was 9.5 million yen ($106,000 USD) or higher.

That is more than double the average income in Japan.

51.4% of Todai students attended private high school. Another 10.5% attended elite schools affiliated with other universities.

However, tuition at Todai - the Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Sorbonne et al of Japan all rolled into one - is roughly one third those of private universities. This is because it is a public national university. Private universities cost 1.5 million yen or more.

Source: Asahi Shinbun

Average winter bonuses are forecast to be 659,864 yen. That is a 13.1% decline on winter bonuses in 2008.

This is based on a survey of 218 companies in Japan.

Source: Asahi Shinbun

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