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Japan hopes for holiday gold from the roads
May 2, 2009 by FT com

Japan's waning car culture will get a boost this weekend as millions of drivers escape from the country's urban centres at the start of the May Golden Week holiday. The government has reduced the cost of driving on expressways as part of its efforts to stimulate the flagging economy. Police and highway officials expect unprecedented traffic jams as a result.

Joblessness Spurs Shift in Japan's Views on Poverty
May 2, 2009 by Wall Street Journal

For more than a decade, Makoto Yuasa's efforts to end poverty in Japan were ignored by many as the quixotic campaign of a left-wing radical. But Japanese including Prime Minister Taro Aso are paying attention to the 40-year-old activist as the world's second-largest economy sinks into its worst recession since World War II, leaving an increasing number of people without work.
China, Japan agree to lead Asia through financial crisis
May 2, 2009 by Manila Bulletin

China and Japan want to lead a regional recovery from the global financial crisis by promoting their own domestic demand and helping Asian neighbors, Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said.

Japan tests US baby for swine flu
May 2, 2009 by AFP

A four-month-old US baby was Saturday undergoing tests for swine flu in Japan, the country's latest suspected case of the virus, officials said. The baby, whose sex was not made public, had tested positive for type-A flu strain in a preliminary examination shortly after arriving at Tokyo's US Yokota Air Base from the United States with its family on Friday, the foreign ministry said.

Govt may ask public to stay home
May 2, 2009 by Yomiuri

With the new strain of type A influenza spreading through Mexico and other countries, the government on Friday morning decided on a new action plan to deal with the problem. At a meeting of a special task force on the new flu strain held at the Prime Minister's Office, the government approved the plan, which includes asking members of the public to refrain from leaving their homes for nonessential reasons and requesting schools to be closed temporarily if the country's first infection of the new flu strain is confirmed.

Ginza bars, clubs feeling pinch of fiscal slump
May 2, 2009 by Yomiuri

Managers of clubs and bars in Tokyo's Ginza district, which has been seriously hit by economic slumps since autumn, are racking their brains to try to figure out ways to survive, reducing hostesses' working hours and other means. (Yomiuri)
By J.S. in May, 2009



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