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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Japan This Week 1/20/08


Japan News.Japanese trawler trailing whaling protesters?


Chinese seafood "safe," asserts Beijing.

NY Times

PM Fukuda may set greenhouse gas emissions targets at Davos confab.

The Daily Yomiuri

Hello Kitty set to launch product line for men.

Japan Times

Cellphone novels dominate mainstream publishing.

New York Times

Japan's hot spring resorts go hi-tech.

New York Times

The alarming rise in sexlessness among couples coupled with the number of men who sit while urinating bode ill for future of Japan, according to shrink.

Mainichi Shinbun

Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

The Construction Ministry and National Police Agency (NPA) announced this week that 98 "model districts" around Japan have been slated to have bicycle lanes put in over the next two years. Examples include Tokyo's Hatagaya and the area around JR Kameido Station.

The purpose is to reduce bike-on-pedestrian collisions, which have skyrocketed in recent years. In 2006, there were 2,767 collusions, which is 4.8 times greater than 10 years ago.

The lanes will be separated from vehicular traffic by guardrails or plantings. Some 200 kilometers of lanes will be built.

Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun

543,385 students took this year's Center Test for University Admissions down 9,967 on last year. The 3:1 ratio of applicants to university places is a record low.

Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun

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