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Japan News & Notes – November 2007

November 30th, 2007 · No Comments · Japan News and Notes

While surfing the web this week I came across a number of stories and photos that I thought were interesting and worth sharing. I hope you enjoy them too.

Some great posts from the Tokyo Times:Japanese Mask
Moving Japanese Masks as seen at festivals – click the link for more fabulous photos.

A beautiful and moving photo from a Japaneses playground reflecting on the shrinking Japanese population. You have to check this one out, it’s very touching.

Also on the shrinking Japaneses population, Japan Today reported that Daiwa (A large Japanese Securities company) will pay their employees for having a third child. The payment would be just under $20,000 US Dollars.

Under the “good news for us” category:

Tokyo was named the Gourmet Capital of world by Michelin. From the Japan Times
Tokyo has slipped from the top 10 most expensive places to live for expatriates. From News on Japan.

This article about work-life balance is very indicative of the Japanese and their attitude towards work. From the Daily Yomiuri

Secrets of a Happy Japanese Marriage from What Japan Thinks. This must be a universal list. Barring the poor use of English I would agree with most of the items – wouldn’t you?

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