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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Japan This Week 30/3/08


Japan News.Court rejects suit against writer and Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe.

NY Times

Japanese manners deteriorating--and one city's effort to stem the tide.


Covert operation by environmental group exposes slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture.

Japan Times

School bullying incidents double in 2007.

Daily Yomiuri

Family of murdered English teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker makes another appeal in an attempt at finding the killer.

Japan Times

Tokyo's Tsukiji Market limiting number of tourists--they get in the way of work.


Yu Darvish: iconic pitcher.

Yahoo! Sports

Tokyo Red Light district Kabukicho upset over plans for family-style Best Western Hotel to open in the area.


Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

Some 200 mammals and 700 bird species in Japan were considered threatened as of March 2005.

Source: Ministry of the Environment.

The 2005 average for wages was 100. In the most recent survey, January 2008, that figure had dipped to 85.1.

Source: Ministry of the Internal Affairs & Communications.

8,349,200 tourists visited Japan in 2007, a 13.7% rise on the previous year.

Source: Ministry of Justice and JNTO (Japan National Tourist Organization).

The number of game centers in Japan has declined from a peak of 45,000 in 1995 to less than 30,000 in 2006. Mega-game centers with 100 or more games, however, have more than doubled in number.

Source: Japanese Amusement Machine Manufacturers' Association (JAMMA).

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