Kumamoto in Numbers

While rummaging through the piles of papers that clutter my desk, I came across a little packet called 「熊本のすがた2011」which is basically a statistical representation of Kumamoto Prefecture published in 2011.  Here are a few morsels of knowledge for your consideration:

1.58 – Total fertility rate in Kumamoto (3rd highest in Japan)

9.5 – Number of divorces per day in Kumamoto

24.9 – Number of marriages per day in Kumamoto

43.3 – Percentage of senior high school graduates who pursue higher education (41st in Japan)

44.4 – Babies born every day in Kumamoto

50.7 – Number of deaths every day in Kumamoto

55-59 – Age group with the most people in Kumamoto (for men and women)

62.7 – Percentage of Kumamoto covered by forest

86.54 – Life expectancy in years for Kumamoto women (3rd highest in Japan)

17,674 – Number of library books lent per day in Kumamotobeer #32,926

53,800 – Liters of beer consumed per day in Kumamoto

472,000 – In yen, the average monthly cash earnings per regular employee in the education and learning support industry (that’s higher than the national average and higher than any other industry in Kumamoto)

12,370,000,000 – Number of sheets of nori produced in Kumamoto per year.

Kumamoto is the largest producer in Japan of:igusa

Igusa (the grass used to make tatami mates), decopon, natsumikan, tomatoes, baby’s breath (a plant), watermelon, tobacco, and herring (このしろ)

Kumamoto is the second largest producer in Japan of:

Chestnuts, eggplant, prairie gentian (another plant), melon, ginger, marine cultured sea bream (まだい), marine cultured globefish (ふぐ類), and short-necked clam (あさり類)

Brought to you by the Department of Planning and Development, Statistics & Research Division.  Making statistics fun since whenever they started making statistics fun.  

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Corrections to the 2011 Tax Year Packets for U.S. JETs:

2-5th year JET tax packet
2555-EZ form
line 10a:
2-5th year JETs should write "2010" in the space provided, as that was the last year that you filed a 2555-EZ form.  Line 10b should be blank.  Check "No" on line 10c.  Line 10d should also be blank.

The corrected versions of the tax packets are now available:  2011 Tax Year Packets

Check out the General Summary for the 2011-2012 Kumamoto ALT Skill Development Conference! This report is based on the surveys you filled out for us at the end of the conference.  There are graphs illustrating how useful participants felt each workshop was, a collection of your response to the keynote address, PA responses to some common trends/comments, some general feedback, and a list of workshop suggestions for next year. 

Ever wonder if it's legal to carry a packet knife in Japan?  What happens if you dial 171? Which tectonic plate is Kumamoto on?  Find out with the new and improved Kumamoto Prefecture JET Safety Handbook!  With a fancy map showing fault lines and volcanic zones across Japan, a diagram illustrating the emergency phone tree system in our prefecture, and step-by-step instructions on how to use the Disaster Emergency Message dial System and Message Boards, this handy packet will lead you down the path to uber-preparedness.  There's even a picture of Kumamon on the front cover.  Being prepared never felt so good. 


Language Box

Japanese Phrase of the Week
おん こ  ち  しん 

意味 (meaning):
"learning from the past"
"developing new ideas based on the study of the past"
Obscure English Word of the Week
Martinet [mahr-tn-et]
1. a strict disciplinarian, especially a military one
2. someone who stubbornly adheres to methods or rules 

example sentence:
Quit being such a martinet, Frank!  What difference does it make if I pour the milk in the bowl first and the cereal second? 

・If you have been to a good English-speaking doctor, please email the PAs about it.

・Good luck with the new semester of classes! 

Important upcoming dates:

・Starting in October - New ES/JHS ALT School Visits  
Upcoming Events:

・September 5 - Taco Night, 7PM at Tortacos, Kumamoto City
・September 26 & 27 - Ashikita Beach Party, Otachimisaki Park, Ashikita, check-in starts at 4PM

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