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How Much Japanese People Sleep?

Por kirai el 13 de August de 2014 en Society

According to data from an OCDE study, Japan and Korea are the countries in the world that sleep the least hours, 469 and 470 minutes per day respectively, around 7 hours and 50 minutes. The French are the ones that enjoy more sleep time (8 hours and 50 minutes), while Americans get to sleep also […]

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The Controversy of the Letter to the Emperor

Por kirai el 05 de November de 2013 en Society

Last Thursday, Taro Yamamoto, a member of the House of Councillors of the Japanese government, handed a handwritten letter directly to the Emperor. In the letter he expressed his concerns about what is currently happening in Fukushima and the complications that are arising while dismantling the reactors. A great debate has raged on TV programs […]

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The Three Arrows, The Miniskirt And The Bras of Abenomics

Por kirai el 14 de May de 2013 en Society

Since the end of 2012, the prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and his finance minister Taro Aso have started a new aggressive economic policy with the main objectives of ending the vicious circle of deflation in which Japan has been mired during the last 20 years, and achieving an inflation of 2%. The models […]

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More Than Half of the Companies Older than 200 Years are Japanese

Por kirai el 09 de March de 2013 en Society

The Bank of Korea made a study to better understand which are the oldest companies in the world and what are the common characteristics that have made them survive for so long. According to the study there are 5,586 companies older than 200 years, of which 3,146 are Japanese companies. Germany ranks second with 837 […]

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Japanese Strikes – The Spanish Urban Legend

Por kirai el 28 de November de 2012 en Society

In my home country, Spain, almost everybody believes that when Japanese workers go on strike instead of not showing up for work, what they do to protest is to work even harder than on normal days. They are known as “huelgas a la japonesa” which mean Japanese-style strikes. I think this urban legend only exists […]

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Japan Airlines President Routine

Por kirai el 01 de April de 2012 en Society

Japan Airlines (JAL) is one of the top 10 airlines in the world by passengers. Although Japan Airlines has a lot of clients, the company is having a lot of financial troubles and in 2010 they declared bankruptcy. Japan Airlines is the largest company in Japan, however its CEO since 2007 Haruka Nishimatsu commutes to […]

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2011 Top 10 products and trends in Japan

Por kirai el 20 de November de 2011 en Society

Gakuranman has translated into English a report published every year by the magazine Trendy which ranks the products and trends that conquered Japan during the year. Moreover it tries to predict what will be trendy in the coming year; however it usually fails when trying to forecast the future. This is the ranking of what […]

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The “Happiest” Prefectures in Japan

Por kirai el 15 de November de 2011 en Society

Hosei University has published a list of prefectures in Japan ranked by their “happiness level”. To find out the “happiness” of each region they have taken into account the lifestyle, work environment, security and general health of the population. The number one is Fukui, a quite poor province compared to the rest of the country. […]

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