Japan News This Week 1 October 2017

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Shinzo Abe of Japan Calls Early Election, as a Rival Party Forms
New York Times

Falling jet wing panel damages car in Japan
BBC

Japan successfully undertakes large-scale deep-sea mineral extraction
The Mainichi

Blood and cherry blossom: Yukio Ninagawa’s samurai Macbeth is back
Guardian

Ainu Women and Indigenous Modernity in Settler Colonial Japan
Japan Focus

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Foster parenting in Japan remains rare. Compared to other developed countries, Japanese children without parents must depend on public facilities to a much higher degree.

In 2010,  the percentage of children placed in foster care in various countries in noted below.

Australia (93.5%)
Hong Kong (79.8%)
USA (77%)
England (71.7%)
Canada, British Columbia (63.6%)
France (54.9%)
Germany (50.4%)
Italy (49.5%)
South Korea (43.6%)
Japan (12%)

That means that 88% of Japanese children without parents live in government facilities.

Source: Huff Post Japan

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Japan News This Week 24 September 2017

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The Latest Design Trend: Black and Burned Wood
New York Times

How Japan reacted to missile test
BBC

Japan PM Abe calls for global blockade of N. Korea
The Mainichi

‘A language we use to say sentimental things’: how shoegaze took over Asia
Guardian

Japan’s New Conspiracy Law Expands Police Power
Japan Focus

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Japan’s military, the oddly named Self Defense Forces, is extremely powerful. While it flies under the radar – intentionally so – if a shooting war were to break out in East Asia, Japan would  hold its own against South Korea and maybe even China for now.

The ten most powerful militaries in the world are:

1. USA
2. Russia
3. China
4. India
5. France
6. Great Britain
7. Japan
8. Turkey
9. Germany
10. Egypt

Source: Global Firepower

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Japan News This Week 17 September 2017

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North Korea’s Threat Pushes Japan to Reassess Its Might and Rights
New York Times

North Korea missile: How long has Japan got to defend itself?
BBC

No. of Japanese centenarians hits record 67,824 amid medical advances
The Mainichi

India starts work on bullet train line with £12bn loan from Japan
Guardian

The Dr. Seuss Museum and His Wartime Cartoons about Japan and Japanese Americans
Japan Focus

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There were 2,495 mountaineering accidents across Japan in 2016, the second highest figure since data became available in 1961, according to the National Police Agency. A total of 319 people died or went missing while 1,133 were injured. Nearly 60 percent of the victims were in their 50s or older, according to the NPA.

Source: Japan News Today

Compared to its peers in the OECD, Japan invests very little in education. Of the 34 member states of the OECD, Japan ranked at the bottom.

In 2013, Japan ranked 32nd of 33 countries.

In the most recent survey of the proportion of public expenditures on education in GDP, Japan spent a paltry 3.2% – and ranked dead last. The OECD average was 4.4%. Denmark was highest at 6.3%.

Japanese families are expected to – and if they have the means usually do – contribute a large amount to their children’s educational expenses.

Source: OECD Data

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Japan News This Week 10 September 2017

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Trump’s Phone Buddy in North Korea Crisis: Shinzo Abe
New York Times

Is Japan’s economy bouncing back?
BBC

Japan should discuss deployment of US nukes inside country: Ishiba
The Mainichi

‘Cockroaches’ and ‘old hags’: hounding of the North Korean diaspora in Japan
Guardian

The History Problem: The Politics of War Commemoration in East Asia
Japan Focus

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The annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings were announced. Japan did badly, again.

1. University of Oxford
2. CalTech
3. Stanford
4. University of Cambridge
5. MIT
6. Harvard
7. Princeton
8. Imperial College London
9. ETH Zurich
10. Cal Berkeley

39. University of Tokyo
91. Kyoto University

Source: The World University Rankings

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Japan News This Week 3 September 2017

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A Pacifist Japan Starts to Embrace the Military
New York Times

North Korea: A brief history of pacifism in Japan
BBC

In Photos: A-bomb survivor Sumiteru Taniguchi dies of cancer at 88
The Mainichi

Japanese minister Taro Aso praises Hitler, saying he had ‘right motives’
Guardian

Japan’s New Conspiracy Law Expands Police Power
Japan Focus

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September 1 in Japan is Fire Prevention Day. It is a reminder of the events that took place on this date in 1923. 94 years ago, at 11:58 am – just as Tokyoites were lighting their fires to prepare lunch – an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale struck. 105,000 people died or were never found again. Because of resulting fires, thousands were boiled alive in the Sumida River, into which they had fled.

If a similar earthquake were to occur today, what would the likely damage be? Were an earthquake measuring 7.3 to strike under the capital today, damage estimates are:

23,000 dead
123,000 wounded
610,000 buildings destroyed
8,000,000 struggle to return to their home
86.2 trillion dollars in damages to the Japanese economy

Source: Asahi Shinbun, August 30, 2017, page 7

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Japan News This Week 17 August 2017

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Japan’s Richest Village Can’t Find Workers for Its Factory
Bloomberg

Never too old to code: Meet 82-yr-old developer
The Japan News

Koike says no to eulogy for Koreans killed in 1923 quake
Japan Times

74% of Japanese happy with their lives: gov’t survey
Japan Today

Billionaire Porn King Reinvents Himself as Japan’s Startup Guru
Bloomberg

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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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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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