Japan News This Week 13 August 2017

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The truth about Japanese tempura
BBC

Trump’s Tough Talk on North Korea Puts Japan’s Leader in Delicate Spot
New York Times

Kin of ’85 JAL crash victims pray for dead at disaster site
The Asashi Shimbun

METI seeks to pass nuclear buck with release of waste disposal map
Japan Times

Bowing deeply, Japanese PM tries to put problems behind him with new cabinet
Washington Post

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Japan News This Week 6 August 2017

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Can Japan provide answers to the west’s economic problems?
Financial Times

Selfie-posting young women flocking to pools after sunset
The Asashi Shimbun

Bill to lower age of adulthood set for submission to Diet in fall
Japan Times

Parts of woman’s body dumped by police officer by mistake
Japan Today

Japan delays sales tax rise to 2019
BBC

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Statistics

In 2015, household debt as a percentage of disposable income was 135% in Japan, almost the same as for Finland (130%) and Portugal (143%), compared with 112% for the USA, 150% for the UK, 212% for Australia, and 51% and 52% for Hungary and Latvia.

In 2015, household savings as a percentage of disposable income was 0.72% in Japan, compared to -1.11% in the UK, 6% in the USA, 7.18% in Korea (2014), and a whopping 37.99% in China (2014).

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Japan News This Week 30 July 2017

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Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, Longevity Expert, Dies at (or Lives to) 105
New York Times

Divorcee destroys ex’s $1m violin collection in Japan
BBC

GSDF chief to resign over alleged coverup of activity logs
The Mainichi

Hokusai: the influential work of Japanese artist famous for ‘the great wave’ – in pictures
Guardian

Murder of the Soul – Shiori and Rape in Japan
Japan Focus

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Statistics

Soft power rankings 2017:

1. France
2. Britain
3. United States
4. Germany
5. Canada
6. Japan
7. Switzerland
8. Australia

Source: Japan News

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Japan News Week 9 July 2017

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Crematory Is Booked? Japan Offers Corpse Hotels
New York Times

Japan’s Enchanted Islands: Part 2
BBC

Japan sacrificed cheese tariffs to get EPA done with EU
The Mainichi

In This Corner of the World review – delicately animated portrait of wartime Japan
Guardian

Coming Home after 70 Years: Repatriation of Korean Forced Laborers from Japan and Reconciliation in East Asia
Japan Focus

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Statistics

Since the end of World War II, when US occupying forces redrew voting districts in Japan, rural areas have always enjoyed a large advantage at the polls. This has resulted in one voter in, for example, the first district of Shimane Prefecture having voting parity with 3.066 voters in suburban Saitama Prefecture.

Lawyers in Tokyo and other urban areas routinely go to court to address this, but the courts rarely if ever rule in favor of their entreaties.

Source: Asahi Shinbun, July 6, Morning Edition, page4

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Japan News This Week 25 June 2017

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Japan Says Deadly Ship Collision Happened Earlier Than Reported
New York Times

Ireland score seven tries in thumping 50-22 win over Japan
BBC

Kake scandal continues to plague Abe administration with discovery of new doc
The Mainichi

Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market to finally move home, says governor
Guardian

End Game for Japan’s Construction State – The Linear (Maglev) Shinkansen and Abenomics
Japan Focus

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2017 World Press Freedom Index (#1 is the most free press)

1) Norway
2) Sweden
3) Finland
4) Denmark
5 Netherlands
6) Costa Rica
7) Switzerland
8) Jamaica
9) Belgium
10) Iceland

40) United Kingdom

43) USA

63) South Korea

72) Japan

Sources: Reporters Without Borders

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Japanese News This Week 18 June 2017

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Japan Arrests Longest-Sought Fugitive After Nearly 46 Years
New York Times

‘Conspiracy’ law enacted to punish planning of crimes
The Mainichi

Japan to launch self-navigating cargo ships ‘by 2025’
BBC

Japan accused of eroding press freedom by UN special rapporteur
Guardian

End Game for Japan’s Construction State – The Linear (Maglev) Shinkansen and Abenomics
Japan Focus

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Statistics

June 20 is World Refugee Day. There are an estimated 65 million refugees worldwide.

Canada, with a population roughly 1/4 of Japan’s,  has accepted 40,000 Syrians alone since the fall of November 2015.

Japan however continues to be extremely unwelcoming to refugees.

In 2016, a record 10,901 would be refugees applied for asylum last year in Japan. That was an increase of 3,315 on the previous year. Of the applicants, 28 were accepted. 

Sources: Asahi Shinbun, June 14, page 13

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Japan News This Week 21 May 2017

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Japanese Princess’s Engagement Revives Debate on Women in Royal Family
New York Times

Do not run: Fleeing from scene when suspected of groping on train not a good idea
The Mainichi

Japan’s economy grows faster than expected
BBC

Forced into pornography: Japan moves to stop women being coerced into sex films
Guardian

The Threat to Japanese Democracy: The LDP Plan for Constitutional Revision to Introduce Emergency Powers
Japan Focus

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Statistics

Pay of elected representatives by country, in UK Pounds.

Britain: £66,396 in 2013
Italy: £120,546
Australia: £117,805
USA: £114,660
Spain: £28,969
Japan: 21,000,000 yen (£145,656) in 2011

Sources: Daily Telegraph, for Japan

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Japan News This Week 7 May 2017

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Shinzo Abe Announces Plan to Revise Japan’s Pacifist Constitution
New York Times

48% in favor of constitutional amendment: Mainichi survey
The Mainichi

Japan Yakuza: ‘Split’ in powerful Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi gang
BBC

Japan’s luxurious Shiki-shima sleeper train – in pictures
Guardian

Reassessing Juvenile Justice in Japan: Net widening or diversion?
Japan Focus

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“In a Kyodo News poll taken late last month, nearly half of the respondents who said an amendment is necessary cited “Article 9 and the Self-Defense Forces” in a multiple-choice format on what should be the priority issue in revising the Constitution. Roughly half of the pollees who denied the need for an amendment said they support the Constitution as it is because its war-renouncing text has maintained the peace in postwar Japan.

“The Kyodo survey paints a mixed picture of public opinion over the Constitution, particularly Article 9. A total of 60 percent of the pollees called an amendment of the Constitution “necessary” or “rather necessary,” as opposed to 37 percent who replied that an amendment is either “not necessary” or “rather not necessary.”

“The pollees are more split on revising Article 9 — 49 percent in favor and 47 percent not in favor. A majority of those in favor of revising Article 9 cite “changes in the security environment surrounding Japan,” such as North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile development as well as China’s military buildup. On the other hand, three-quarters of all respondents said Japan never engaged in the use of force overseas in its postwar years

Source: Japan Times

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Japan News This Week 16 April 2017

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Japan’s Sand Museum, a Home to Ephemeral Treasures
New York Times

Figure skating star Mao Asada stuns Japan with retirement
BBC

Japanese warships to join US fleet near North Korea as tensions rise
Guardian

Emperor’s abdication ceremony, the first in 200 years, likely to be held in December
Japan Times

Reconstruction Disaster: The human implications of Japan’s forced return policy in Fukushima 復興災害:福島の強制帰還政策が意味すること
Japan Focus

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“Japan ranked No. 4 in official development assistance in 2016 among member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an OECD report showed Tuesday.

Japan also ranked fourth in 2015. The United States topped the ODA rankings for 2016, followed by Germany and Britain.

Japan’s ODA spending increased 12.7 percent from the previous year to $10.37 billion, according to the report.”

Source: Japan Times

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Japan News This Week 9 April 2017

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Japan Envoy, Recalled Over ‘Comfort Woman’ Statue, Is Returning to Seoul
New York Times

Aquariums flout Japan’s ban on dolphin catching method
BBC

Japan racism survey reveals one in three foreigners experience discrimination
Guardian

Osaka becomes the first Japanese city to recognize a same-sex couple as foster parents
Japan Times

Donald Trump’s Japanese and South Korean Nuclear Threat to China: A tipping point in East Asia?
Japan Focus

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Japanese mobsters, or yakuza, are getting a bit long in the tooth.

According to police statistics, in 2015 more than 40% of known gangsters were 50 years of age or older.

Of the 20,100 persons who are known to be a part of a criminal organization in Japan, those in their 50s totaled 20%, those in their 60s 15.1%, and those 70 or older 6%.

One middle-aged mobster lamented the current situation, “I’m sick. If there were someone to take over for me, I’d retire in a second and take it easy – that’s the god-honest truth.”

Source: Asahi Shinbun

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