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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Japan This Week: 12 October 2008


Japan News.1 American, 2 Japanese Share Nobel Physics Prize.

NY Times

Hope fades for disposable workers.

NY Times

Yamato Life collapses amid falling stock prices.


27% of inns shun foreign guests.


Studying Japan's Dark Decade to See How U.S. Might Fare.

Washington Post

Obituary: Ken Ogata


Nikkei tanks as fear grips Asia.

Japan Times

Monkeys work at Japanese restaurant


Fernando Alonso wins Japanese Grand Prix.


Naked tourist in Japanese moat.


Downturn in economy stirs Japan suicide fears.


Dice-K works his magic for Red Sox.

Yahoo! Sports

Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

Exports as a percentage of GDP.

Vietnam: 76.8%
Taiwan: 73.8%
South Korea: 45.6%
China: 40.7%
Indonesia: 29.4%
India: 21.2%
Japan: 17.6%

Source: Asian Development Bank

World market share of solar panels by company:

QCells (Germany): 9.1%
Sharp (Japan): 8.5%
Suntech (China): 7.9%
Kyocera (Japan): 4.8%
First Solar (USA): 4.7%
Motech (Taiwan): 4.1%
Solar World (Germany): 4%
Mitsubishi (Japan): 3.9%
Other: 53%

Source: Asahi Shinbun

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