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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Japan This Week - 8 March 2009


Japan News.Japan’s Crisis of the Mind

NY Times

Japan PM's reading blunders spark study spree


A Japanese lesson for Afghanistan


Japan cell phone goes 3D with special display

Washington Post

Japan prepares for first use of 'Son of Star Wars' missile defence

Times on Line

Cash handouts OK'd in 2nd vote


Hillary in Japan – The Enforcer

Japan Focus

Japan opposition hit by scandal


Golf-Missed cut part of the learning curve for teen Ishikawa

Yahoo Sports

Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

In 2007, there were 88 schools for Brazilians resident in Japan. These schools are found in 12 of the country's 47 prefectures.

Including 3 schools for Peruvian workers, a total of 10,000 students attend these schools.

Source: Kyodo News

The Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund made a record 5.74 trillion yen loss on its investments in the last quarter of 2008 as the yen rose in value and the stock markets crashed.

Source: GPIF

The initial estimation for the number of suicides in Japan in 2008 is 32,000 - the 11th straight year the total has topped 30,000. Yamanashi Prefecture was the suicide capital of Japan with 40.8 deaths per 100,000 people followed by Aomori with a suicide rate of 36.5. The National Police Agency released figures showing 2,645 people (1,994 men; 751 women) killed themselves in January 2009 up from 2,305 for January 2008.

Source: Kyodo News

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