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YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
According to financial disclosure statements, deputy prime minister Taro Aso is the proud owner of houses in Shibuya and Karuizawa; 360,398 shares of stock in 16 companies; and eight golf club memberships.

The government’s Council for Ainu Policy Promotion says it hopes to conduct Japan’s first-ever census of indigenous peoples.

Officials at the newly launched Nuclear Regulation Authority say they’ll digitize and publish online 900,000 pages of documents pertaining to the Fukushima disaster.

The NPA announced a plan to force “malicious cyclists”—i.e., those who have been busted for more than one traffic violation—to attend lectures on safe cycling.

A Cabinet Office survey has found that a plurality of Japanese “oppose revising the Civil Code to allow married couples to use separate surnames.”

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¥101.94 million
Average amount of assets held by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his 18 cabinet ministers, according to government figures

¥69,610
Average amount of money Japanese parents send to their kids at college each month, according to the National Federation of University Co-operative Associations

10
Percent of college students who receive no monthly support from their parents

Junior High Graduation Photo Rocks Netizens of Japan to Their Core
It’s a lovely time of year when students all across Japan graduate to the next tier of education. For those moving on to new schools it can a bittersweet event as relationships change.

Naturally a photo is usually taken to preserve the occasion. Some energetic students design a message using their own bodies like one recently tweeted photo that won the hearts of the Internet.

Then there are photos like this one that has confounded some and enraged others. When it was tweeted, a large majority of internet users in Japan freaked out and wondered if the very fabric of society was coming apart.

Throw The Bums Out

Not To Get Hosed

And His Foolish Wall

126 U.S. military members to sue TEPCO

NATIONAL MAR. 16, 2013 – 06:36AM JST
WASHINGTON —
U.S. service members are suing the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) for more than $2 billion on grounds the utility lied about the dangers of helping clean up the nuclear disaster that struck two years ago.

The case was first filed by nine plaintiffs in December but has now expanded to 26, and another 100 are in the process of joining the suit, said Stars and Stripes newspaper.

The new complaint was filed last Tuesday in U.S. District Court in California, a day after the two year anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that hit the eastern coast of Japan. It left nearly 15,881 people dead and 2,668 others still unaccounted for.