Japan News This Week 3 February 2013

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Japan News.Japan’s Leader Expresses Willingness to Meet Chinese Counterparts

New York Times

Chinese boat ‘illegally fishing in Japanese waters’


Japanese women's judo coach resigns over claims he abused athletes


AKB48 member’s ‘penance’ shows flaws in idol culture

Japan Times

Okinawa’s Henoko was a “storage location” for nuclear weapons: published accounts

Japan Focus

From Brazil to Japan: gun laws around the world

Christian Science Monitor

Last Week's Japan News


Percentage of female politicians in the national congress or parliament, by country.

Rwanda, 53.6%
Sweden, 44.7%
Argentina, 37.4%
Germany, 32.9%
France, 26.9%
USA, 17%
South Korea, 15.7%
Japan, 10.6%
Egypt, 2%

Source: Asahi Shinbun

The number of dead from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami as of January 30, 2013, stands at 15,880. The number of missing is 2,700, according to Japanese police.

Source: Asahi Shinbun

Japan dropped to 53rd in the annual press freedom ranking. The Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders compiles an annual list of countries and the degree of freedom of the press they enjoy. Japan dropped from 22nd in the previous year because it "has been affected by a lack of transparency and almost zero respect for access to information on subjects directly or indirectly related to Fukushima."

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun

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