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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Japan This Week 2/11/07


Sumo honchos agree to sue publisher over allegations of match-rigging.

Daily Yomiuri

North Korea accuses Japan of avoiding wartime responsibility.

People's Daily

Tokyo cops lose four key pieces of evidence in murder case.

Japan Times

Pantyhose market in Japan collapsing.


Film review: Summer Time Machine Blues.

Midnight Eye

Anger and consternation as racist magazine "Gaijin Hanzai Ura File" goes on sale in Japan.



Japan in Amber

Hotels in Japan

IC Recorders

Japan Travel Guide Books

Japan movie reviews


Japan Stats

Setagaya-ku is the number one garbage producer of Tokyo's 23 wards.

As of November 2006, Japan's jails held 71,500 prisoners. 5,312 inmates were foreigners (7.42%): 1,804 Chinese, 1,477 Korean*, 417 Brazilian, 385 Iranian, 146 Vietnamese, 115 Filipino, 95 Colombian, 738 other nationalities.

Fuchu Prison in Tokyo, Japan's largest jail, has 3,200 inmates of whom 550 are foreigners (17.18%).

*Koreans (Zainichi) born in Japan may be classified as Korean foreign nationals.

Source: The Daily Yomiuri

The number of foreigners charged under the Penal Code in 2006 was 27,459, a decrease of 16.9% from 2005.

Yakuza (organized crime) membership was estimated at 84,700.
Full-time members, 41,500; part-time members, 43,200. The first time ever part-timers have outnumbered full-timers since records began in 1958.

The top 3 yakuza crime syndicates are:
Yamaguchi-gumi (Kobe-based) approx 21,000 members
Sumiyoshi-kai (Tokyo-based) approx 8,000 members
Inagawa-kai (Tokyo-based) approx 5,000 members

Source: National Police Agency

There are 94 inmates on death row in Japan awaiting execution as of 31 December, 2006.

Japan's courts sentenced 44 people to death in 2006.

Source: Japan Justice Ministry

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