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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Japan This Week 2/17/08


Japan News.Baseball star Kosuke Fukudome prepares for Major League ball and the Chicago Cubs.

NY Times

Cherries from heaven.


Japanese politicians propose an 80-mile "peace tunnel" to Korea.


Obama in Fukui Prefecture is milking its connection with the US Presidential candidate of the same name.


Marine under investigation for rape in Okinawa. The victim was a 14-year-old girl.

Daily Yomiuri

Bedroom advice for Hiroshi.

Mainichi Shinbun

Sarin killer to get death penalty.

Japan Times

Banned pesticide "still used" in China.


Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

Percentage of population over 65 in the year 2000:

Japan: 17.2
EU: 14.7
USA: 12.3
Russia: 12.3
China: 6.8
India: 4.6

Source: The Daily Yomiuri

Percentage of population over 65 in the year 2050:

Japan: 37.7
EU: 27.6
Russia: 23.8
China: 23.7
USA: 21.0
India: 14.5

Source: The Daily Yomiuri

Breakdown of Yakuza (organized crime) members in Japan:

Full time: 40,900
Part-time: 43,300

The Yamaguchi-gumi (Kobe), Sumiyoshi-kai (Tokyo), and Inagawa-kai (Tokyo) are the three largest crime organizations. The Yamaguchi-gumi alone accounts for 46% of all mobsters in Japan.

Source: Kyodo News

41 foreigners from a total of 816 applicants were granted refugee status in Japan in 2007, those granted refugee status included 37 people from Burma. a further 69 Burmese nationals were granted a stay on humanitarian grounds.

Source: Justice Ministry

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