● “Kinokuniya, which owns 66 shops in Japan has acquired 90,000 books from the first print run of “Novelist as a Vocation”, a collection of essays…to encourage readers to buy it over the counter rather than online”
Source: Chain Buys 90 per cent of Murakami books to write off Amazon, The Times, The Australian, Friday 28th August, 2015, page 10.
● “What is the correct etiquette when on an escalator?....In Tokyo, people tend to stand to the left to let others pass on the right; in Osaka they tend to stay on the right”
Source: Stand aside for Japan’s new escalator etiquette, by Adam Taylor, Washington Post, Australian Financial Review, Friday 28th August, 2015, page 29.
● “(Japan represents) 6.5% of (an) Asian population of 4 billion but 14% of Asian Economy of $US35.8 trillion” Source: IBIS World
Source: We do not have the economies of scale to manufacture cars or defence equipment, by Phil Ruthven, The Australian, Monday 24th August, 2015, page 26.
● “yellow fin tuna can weigh 70kg and when the finest yellow fin can command 3000 yen a kilo (AUS $32/kilo) at the Japanese fish markets, a good day can be lucrative” Pavo Walker
Source: Deep Green by Sarah Elks, Life, Weekend Australian, August 29th - 30th, 2015, page 2.
● “Officials at the health Ministry say the life expectancy for Japanese girls born in 2014 was 86.83 years - a record high….It was the third consecutive year that Japanese females topped the global longevity list….The expectancy for Japanese men - 80.50 years”
Source: The Small Print, August 27th,2015, Issue 1118, by Steve Trautlein, www.metropolisjapan.com
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