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Murakami, Obama and self help top Japan bestselling books list

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Taking up herewith Japan News by Media regarding inside Japan.
It might be possible for you to understand Japan.
Interesting "Japanese women: 20, decked out, and ogled by old men", "Japan's snow country battles shrinking and ageing population", "Murakami, Obama and self help top Japan bestselling books list" and etc.
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Jan 18, 2010 by Sydney Morning Herald

Summer on the main island of Japan is hot, humid and often just plain hard work. So it is not surprising that during these muggy summer months the Japanese consider a trip to the beach an important escape. For the 30-odd million people around Tokyo many will choose to visit the Shonan Peninsula and, in particular, the numerous beaches around Enoshima Island. The environment at Enoshima Beach really is a bizarre contradiction for a nation that prides itself on cleanliness and orderly behaviour. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Jan 13, 2010 by Global Post

For the newly minted Japanese woman, the national Seijin No Hi celebration (a.k.a. Coming of Age Day) on the second Monday of January, is a chance to strut her stuff. She makes a trip to the salon to curl and set her hair in an elaborate up-do; wraps herself in an expensive, silk furisode kimono; and makes a pilgrimage to the local shrine for good fortune, as turning 20 years old signifies all the privileges and responsibilities of adulthood. Along the way, she is also liable to run the gauntlet of ogling older men who, for one day at least, have a free pass to snap as many photos of the young debutantes as they would like. The men who show up in droves at Meiji Jingu might not be exactly what the young women have in mind, however. Some of the men are old enough to be not just the women's fathers, but their ojisan, the Japanese word for grandfather. (Global Post)

Jan 10, 2010 by China Post

Tons of snow are piled up on the roof of an old farmhouse. Two old men tirelessly shovel the snow off, clearing the roof bit by bit. It's back-breaking work, but the old folks do not have much choice. There are not too many young people left to give them a hand. The fresh snowfall pushed the snow accumulation to 230 centimeters in some parts of the town in Japan's northern province of Yamagata, which is also famous for quality rice and hot springs.
However, Tsunan is more troubled by turning grey than by the white blanket covering it every winter. Like most rural areas in Japan, Tsunan faces serious threats from depopulation and ageing as people aged 65 or older account for 35.4 percent of its population of 11,400. (China Post)

Jan 9, 2010 by newjerseynewsroom.com

Japan may be one the world's biggest economies, but it is not immune to poverty. According to Masanori Matsumura, a primary school teacher for 30 years, a growing number of children in Japan today cannot even afford classroom supplies "such as paints or craft materials." He adds, "The expanding poverty is hitting the most vulnerable victims - children." Such a situation has its social costs. Children grow frustrated - even turn violent in some cases - when their parents are not around to take care of them because of the resulting neglect by parents. (newjerseynewsroom.com)

Jan 6, 2010 by Asahi

They were told a utopian society awaited them. And faced with discrimination in Japan, many believed life could only get better across the sea as they boarded ships for North Korea under a repatriation program that sent more than 93,000 ethnic Koreans and their Japanese spouses to an uncertain fate. The program, arranged by the Red Cross societies of the two countries, lasted 25 years. It was discontinued in 1984. But what awaited many who took part was an even more harsh reality: an impoverished society that regarded them as enemy elements from the capitalist world, and relegated them to the lowest rank in society. (Asahi)

Jan 2, 2010 by New York Times

For Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas, home is a cubicle barely bigger than a coffin - one of dozens of berths stacked two units high in one of central Tokyo's decrepit "capsule" hotels. The rent is surprisingly high for such a small space: 59,000 yen a month, or about $640, for an upper bunk. The rent is surprisingly high for such a small space: 59,000 yen a month, or about $640, for an upper bunk. But with no upfront deposit or extra utility charges, and basic amenities like fresh linens and free use of a communal bath and sauna, the cost is far less than renting an apartment in Tokyo. (New York Times)

Jan 1, 2010 by independent.co.uk

In addition to tomes by Haruki Murakami and US President Barack Obama, self-help publications dominated the list of bestselling books in Japan for 2009. Novels are rarely among the top picks for Japanese readers, but Murakami has broken that trend with 1Q84: Book 1, his much-anticipated work published after a five-year hiatus. Released in May, publisher Shinchosha was forced to add an extra 100,000 copies to the print run before it even hit shelves due to a flood of advance orders. It helped that Murakami, whom many consider to be one of the greatest living novelists, had refused to even hint at the plot line after criticism that leaked details of his previous best-seller, Kafka on the Shore, spoiled the novelty value. (independent.co.uk)


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