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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Japan This Week 7 March 2010


Japan News.House Hunting in ... Tokyo

New York Times

Millions of Toyotas Recalled, None in Japan

New York Times

For Japan's Toyota Owners, Little Help With Acceleration Problems


Japan says it won't comply with bluefin tuna ban

Washington Post

Body image, diet pushing Japanese women to lose weight

Washington Post

La princesa Aiko, víctima del acoso escolar

El Pais

Okinawa reversion account at Fed found

Japan Times

Wind of change blows in smokers' paradise of Japan

Times Online

Une poupée érotico-écologique


Avatar director James Cameron defends Hiroshima author


Japan Offers New Plan in Okinawa Dispute

New York Times

Toyota Secretive on 'Black Box' Data

New York Times

Japan: Shunsuke Nakamura - I Want To Win The J-League Title With Yokohama F Marinos

Yahoo Sports

Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

Japan came home with 5 medals from the Vancouver Olympics: three silver and two bronze. This was well short of the ten medals the Japan Olympic Committee set as a goal.

In contrast, South Korea won 14 medals, including six skating gold medals.

Source: Kyodo News

Number of Wikipedia pages, by language (number):

1. English (3,178,000)
2. German (1,018,000)
3. French (907,000)
4. Polish (671,000)
5. Italian (653,000)
6. Japanese (650,000)
7. Dutch (584,000)
8. Spanish (557,000)
9. Portuguese (541,000)
10. Russian (488,000)

Source: Asahi Shinbun

Percentage of Wikipedia pages devoted to "popular culture" (comics, gossip, celebrities), by country:

Japan: 80%
USA: 40%
France: 20%

Source: Asahi Shinbun

Catch quotas of bluefin tuna, 2009:

southern bluefin tuna: 11,800 tons
Atlantic bluefin tuna: 23,900 tons
Pacific bluefin tuna: 24,900 tons

Japan imports 80% of its Atlantic bluefin tuna. However, that fish is likely to become designated an endangered species - which Japan strongly opposes - and would result in a ban on imports.

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun

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