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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Japan This Week 3/11/07


Sumo Association dismisses allegations of match-fixing


PM Abe ignites furor with denial regarding sex slaves during WWII

NY Times

Film Review: Kwaidan

Midnight Eye

Osaka vs Tokyo


Love dolls...


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Last Week's News

Shinzo Abe

Lafcadio Hearn

Japan Stats

There were 18,236 reported cases of domestic violence in Japan last year up 8% on 2005 and the highest total since the National Police agency began recording statistics for the offence in 2002. 99% of victims were women.

2007 was the first year since records began in 1876 that Tokyo recorded zero snowfall in the official winter period.

Nagoya became the first metropolitan area in Japan to ban smoking in its taxis when the Nagoya taxi association announced a no-smoking policy in its 8,000 member taxis.

1 in 5 Japanese is 65 or older and the number will increase to more than 1 in 4 by 2015. By 2050 projections predict 36% of Japanese will be senior citizens - over 65 years of age!

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