Some Japanese news…

17 Aug

From the news today…

♦ The temperature in Tokyo reached a peak of 38°C (about 100°F) today.
It was extremely hot and humid.
A number of people were treated at hospitals for heat-stroke.

♦ Japan has been the world’s #2 economy (behind the U.S.) for years…but today China’s economy passed Japan.
As of today, for the first time, China has the world’s #2 economy and Japan is at #3.
I wonder how long it will remain like that, or if Japan will quickly resume it’s place as the second strongest economy.

♦ A Japanese man, Masao Tsutsui, had been held ransom by a crime ring in Colombia.
The kidnappers demanded 1 billion pesos (47 million yen (about US $500,000)) for his release.
After nearly four months, he was released today. It was reported that a ransom was paid for his release, but it’s not clear yet who exactly paid the ranson or how much was paid.

Were any of these stories reported in the news in your country?

10 Responses to “Some Japanese news…”

  1. gigihawaii August 18, 2010 at 1:48 am #

    I am surprised that China displaced Japan as #2. I always considered China to be a poor country and not as developed as Japan.


    • tokyo5 August 18, 2010 at 2:04 am #

      Yeah, I guess they’re having their “bubble economy” now…as Japan did during the late ’80s / early ’90s.


  2. bartman905 August 18, 2010 at 1:01 am #

    I have been reading about the heat in Tokyo … according to Japan Today, 132 have died of heatstroke with about 32,000 taken to the hospital. Hope you and your family are coping (I guess this is one aspect I haven’t missed about Japan).

    I don’t think Japan will regain the #2 position, with predictions of China overtaking the US to be #1 in a decade or two. This is not surprising considering China’s population.


    • tokyo5 August 18, 2010 at 1:05 am #

      >Hope you and your family are coping

      Thanks. Yes, it’s sweltering…but we’re fine.

      >This is not surprising considering China’s population.

      Surprising to me.


  3. tsukareru August 17, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    All of the above was report in the US, on NPR at least.

    China may be #2 now, but the income for the average individual is still at a 3rd world standard. China can’t become a great country until the livelihood of the common man is on par with developed nations.


    • tokyo5 August 17, 2010 at 11:14 am #

      They should also produce higher quality products to improve their country’s image…like Japan has done.


  4. Blue Shoe August 17, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Indeed. China has immense growth potential right now, whereas Japan is stagnating.


    • tokyo5 August 17, 2010 at 11:11 am #

      I guess it’s China “Bubble economy” now.
      I have seen an increase in Chinese tourists in Tokyo recently.


  5. Tornadoes28 August 17, 2010 at 4:21 am #

    There is little chance that Japan will retake the #2 position, at least permanently. Economists also predict that China will bypass the USA in size of economy by 2030. But one must remember that China has a huge economy partly because of it’s massive population. When you look at per capita size, China is still on par with poor nations such as El Salvador, approximately $3,200 per capita income. While the USA per capita is about $47,000 and Japan’s somewhere around $40,000 as well.. It will be a long, long time before China catches the US and Japan in per capita GDP. But China is definitely an economic super power that has to be reckoned with no doubt.


    • tokyo5 August 17, 2010 at 11:09 am #

      >There is little chance that Japan will retake the #2 position, at least permanently.

      Oh well. I guess it doesn’t really affect me personally though.
      I just hoped that if Japan’s economic status changed, it would move up to #1, not down to #3.


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