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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Japan This Week: 28 September 2008


Japan News.Japanese Party Chooses Aso as Leader.

NY Times

Cabinet's Support Rate Starts Off at 48%.


Tourism minister apologizes for gaffes.

Japan Times

Obituary: Jun Ichikawa.


Air bag for Japan's elderly.


Japan's karaoke politics.


Japanese Transport Minister Nariaki Nakayama resigns


Oh to step down at end of season.

Yahoo! Sports

Italian Valentino Rossi won the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi and his sixth world championship.


Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

Average Monthly Cash Earnings of Regular Employees (2007): 330,313 yen.

Total Hours Worked and Scheduled Hours Worked (2007): 1,808 hours.

Source: The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training

2007 saw traffic fatalities dip below 6,000 for the first time in 54 years in Japan.

Source: Yahoo News Japan

Sales at convenience stores rose 5.3% in August compared with a year previously. Total sales were reported at 678.48 billion yen. The increase was partly due to more shoppers buying cigarettes now that vending machines require a TASPO card to purchase tobacco.

Source: Daily Yomiuri

Japan ranked 18th in the annual global corruption survey tied with the US. New Zealand, Sweden and Denmark were joint top followed by Singapore. The UK was 16th. China was ranked 72nd. Somalia was dead last at 180.

Source: Transparency International

1 comment:

  1. I'm really surprised at Japan's score in the corruption survey.


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