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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Japan This Week 11/25/07


Japan News.European aquariums boycott Japanese goods over Japan's whaling policy.

Japan Today

Tokyo sees Michelin stars, lots of stars.


Failed investment firm sent $40 million to the US in shrimp scam.

Daily Yomiuri

Japan struggling with its immigrant "problem."


Vintage Japanese porn.


Japan Statistics

Fewer than one in four companies have introduced means to allow workers to balance their private lives with work. Such systems include flex-time, shorter working hours, or "leave for volunteer activities." 24.5% of polled companies said they had flex-time, 20.2% said they had the option to work shorter hours.

Source: The Yomiuri Shinbun

The average monthly earnings of full-time employees in September 2007 was 273,008 yen, which was a 0.6% decrease from the previous year.

Source: Health, Labor & Welfare Ministry

The Meteorological Agency predicts Japan is in for a very cold December, primarily because of the La Nina weather pattern. Current average temperatures are calculated based on data from the period 1971 - 2000.

Source: Daily Yomiuri

The number of South Korean tourists going to Japan this year will, for the first time in 40 years, be greater than the number of Japanese visiting Korea. Thanks to the strength of the won, about 2.6 million Koreans will visit Japan. This is almost 25% more than in 2006. The number of Japanese who visited Korea this year should top out at 2.2 million.

Source: Kyodo News

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  1. Good on 'em! The whaling is just ridiculous!

  2. I wish I could read the Japanese "shimbun" in the original. Japanese writing is so funky! I've been tinkering around at learning Japanese for 20 years and now finally am putting some welly into it!!

    Great blog you got here.

    The places in Japan I'd most like to see would be Tokyo, Hiroshima (esp. the museum), the deep north (where Basho took the narrow road) and some of the southern islands. Surely some have excellent beaches, man?!?



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