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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Japan This Week 1/13/08


Japan News.Buddhists go modern to attract new converts.


Unsafe US beef may have been sold in Japan.

NY Times

Ruling party takes advantage of obscure parliamentary rule to allow Japanese navy to begin refueling US ships in Indian Gulf again.

The Daily Yomiuri

Japan passes Afghan Bill.

NY Times

Nori (seaweed) grows in popularity in the US.

NY Times

Government passes law to help hepatitis C sufferers.

Asahi Shinbun

Japan is the world's largest "urban mine" with 6,800 tons of gold in the country inside electronic appliances - the highest figure in the world.

Japan Times

Seventh-grade boy has his first sexual experience in after school detention--at the hands of his 28-year-old teacher.

Mainichi Shinbun

Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

Avoiding illegally parked bicycles is a fact of life in Japan. Bikes clog sidewalks and have even been known to prevent ambulances from getting down narrow streets.

According to a survey completed in 2005, Tokyo leads the nation in abandoned bicycles with 103,760 littering its streets. Osaka came in second with 61,794. Kyoto was in tenth place at 8,494.

The total for the entire country was 387,246, because of more bike parking lots and other measures, that is a decrease of 49,575 since 2003.

Source: Asahi Shimbun

Overseas visitors to Japan have risen to a record high of 9.15 million in 2007, an increase of 12.9% on 2006 figures. Japanese travelers overseas dropped 1.4% to 17.3 million, the lowest figure since 2003. Despite new fingerprinting procedures at Japan's airports introduced on November 20, 2007, the number of incoming visitors has risen 13.4% compared with a year ago.
Source: Justice Ministry

Japan has 60,000 tons of silver and 1,700 tons of iridium inside electronic appliances in the country, 23% and 61% respectively of the world's total resources. (see article above).

Source: National Institute for Materials Science

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