A roundup of some of the best Japan-related links from this week.
The [Yokohama branch of the Japan Teachers’ Union] said the textbooks made by right-wing groups contain many inaccuracies, including the Japanese government’s attempt to legitimize the country’s past aggression in Asia.
Japanese Teachers’ Union Boycotts Right-wing Textbook
The Dong-a Ilbo
A Japanese man has been detained by police after scattering tens of thousands of pounds’ worth of banknotes across a busy highway in Japan.
Japanese man arrested for throwing £20,000 onto highway
The Daily Telegraph (Danielle Demetriou)
Hiromu Nonaka, a former chief cabinet secretary, revealed last month that from 1998-99 he spent up to ¥70m ($600,000 at the exchange rate of the time) a month from his secret little piggy bank.
A slush fund is revealed in Japan: See no evil
The Economist (Banyan’s column)
“The amount of money a Chinese person is spending [in Japanese department stores] is incomparable to that of a Japanese customer.”
Chinese invasion offers a ray of hope to tourist trade
The Asahi Shimbun
The Japanese economy grew at a healthy clip of 1.2 percent in the first quarter, the government said on Thursday, hinting that Japan’s recovery from a crippling recession was finally gathering momentum.
Figures Suggest Japan’s Recovery Is Gaining Strength
The New York Times (Hiroko Tabuchi)