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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Japan This Week: 22 March 2009


Japan News.Japan’s Political Dynasties Come Under Fire but Prove Resilient

NY Times

Still Hip After Blossoms Fade in Tokyo

NY Times

Americans told to avoid Tokyo bar district after spate of robberies


Japan mulling more sanctions against North Korea

Washington Post

Toshiba joins management cleansing moves

Times on Line

91% dissatisfied with political state


Net strangers to hang for slaying

Japan Times

Japan ships join piracy patrols


Japan powers past Cuba to WBC semi-finals

Yahoo Sports

Abduction, espionage, alleged murder and intrigue on the Korean peninsula

Global Post

Maehara Seiji has a problem


Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

Executions in January 2009

USA: 7
China: 4
Iran: 36
Japan: 4
Saudi Arabia: 8
Singapore: 1

Source: Capital Punishment UK

The number of unemployed persons in January 2009 was 2.77 million, an increase of 210 thousand or 8.2% from the previous year.

The unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, was 4.1%.

Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Because of warming temperatures, the annual cherry blossom season has moved up. This year, the first blossoms were recorded on the following dates:

Kyoto: March 19
Hiroshima: March 22
Wakayama: March 21
Osaka: March 25 (estimated)
Kobe: March 24 (estimated)

Source: Asahi Shinbun

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