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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Japan This Week 7 February 2009

今週の日本

Japan News.Prius Brake Inquiry May Be Another Blow for Toyota

New York Times

One Noodle at a Time in Tokyo

New York Times

Honda profits accelerate with six-fold quarterly rise

Guardian

Sharp posts $100 million profit on cost cuts

Washington Post

El primer Murillo llega de Japón

El Pais

Ozawa expected to duck charges

Japan Times

Don’t write Japan off. The giant is stirring

Times Online

Un Chinois met fin à sa protestation de trois mois à l'aéroport de Tokyo

Le Monde

Close encounters with Japan's 'living fossil'

BBC

"Tokyo Vice": Underground with the Yakuza

Global Post

Japan Look For Positives After Goalless Draw At Home To Venezuela

Yahoo Sports

Last week's Japan news


Japan Statistics

Number of Japanese Self Defense Force troops stationed abroad in PKO missions: 39 soldiers (six in Nepal, thirty-one in the Golan Heights, two in Sudan)

World PKO participation rank, based on number of troops stationed abroad: 85th

Source: Asahi Shinbun

2009 witnessed the lowest number of murders in Japan in the postwar period. Just 1,097 murders were recorded in all of Japan last year.

Compare that to 1954, in which some 3,081 people were murdered in Japan. The total stayed above 2,000 through most of the 1970s.

Even with a slight rise at the end of the 1990s and early 2000s, the number has not hit 1,500 since 1987.

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun

Percentage of transnational marriages (2008):

Taiwan: 14%
South Korea: 11%
Japan: 5%

Percent of out of wedlock births (2006):

USA: 38.5%
France: 50.4%
United Kingdom: 43.7%
Sweden: 54.7%
Italy: 20.7%
Japan: 2.1%
Singapore: 1.4%
South Korea: 1.5%
Taiwan: 4.2%

Source: Asahi Shinbun

Average number of below-zero Celsius (32 Fahrenheit) days in Tokyo:

1931-1960: 50.5 days/year
1941-1970: 43.2 days/year
1951-1980: 27.8 days/year
1961-1990: 19.5 days/year
1971-2000: 10.2 days/year

Source: Kyodo News

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