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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Japan News This Week: 2 November 2008


Japan News.Sony’s Profit Shrinks by 72%, Pressured by Strong Yen and Slow Markets

New York Times

A "Contract Law" that Enslaves Japanese Working People

Japan Focus

Two hanged in Japan despite UN critique


Equaling Oh's HR record proved difficult

Japan Times

Japan says will sack air force chief for WW2 views

Washington Post

PM Taro Aso unveils new stimulus plan


Royal couples meet on Japan tour


Sydney gold medalist Takahashi retires

Yahoo! Sports

Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

Global Corruption Index, 2008 (#1 is least corrupt)

1. Denmark
1. New Zealand
1. Sweden
4. Singapore
5. Finland
5. Switzerland
7. Iceland
7. Netherlands
9. Australia
9. Canada

14. Germany
16. UK
18. Japan
18. USA
23. France

72. China
85. India

147. Russia

Most Corrupt: Somalia

Source: Transparency International

Percentage of female researchers at universities

Japan: 12.6%
USA: 34%
UK: 26%

Source: Asahi Shinbun

Top 500 Universities

1. Harvard
2. Yale
3. Cambridge
4. Oxford
5. California Institute of Technology
6. Imperial College London
7. University College London
8. University of Chicago
9. MIT
10. Columbia

19. Tokyo University
25. Kyoto University
44. Osaka University

Source: Top 500 World Universities

69.2% of PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) bottles were recycled in Japan in 2007 - a record number up 2.9% on 2006. 396,529 tons of recyclable PET bottles were collected. 573,198 tons of PET bottles were sold in the 12 month period, up 5.4% from the previous year.

Source: Environment Ministry

Consumer spending fell in Japan in September, down 2.3% to an average 281,433 yen per household.

Source: Internal Affairs & Communications Ministry

Japan has the most architects in the world - 307,558 - that is 240.4 architects per 100,000 people. UK has 54.1 architects per 100,000 people, Greece has 143.3 architects per 100,000 people, Russia 8.3.

Source: The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture

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