College students attend a ceremony to kick off their hunt for jobs (credit:AP)
Only 91% of graduates from 4-year universities in Japan were hired this year. In America, a 91% placement rate would make college career centers cream their pants. But in Japan, a place where going to college typically guarantees a decent salaryman job, it's pretty bad. 33,000 new college graduates failed to find jobs. Many who had received offers of employment had them rescinded after the March disaster and subsequent economic downturn. It's still not as bad as it was in January of this year, when only 70% of December graduates were able to find jobs. But this month's number may be skewed in the positive direction because many of the districts hardest hit by the quake didn't were unable to report their numbers.
Japanese researcher Shinya Yamanaka, along with his partner German researcher Rudolf Jaenisch,won one of Israel's prestigious Wolf Prizes for their work with stem cells. The pair discovered that induced stem cells could be used to treat genetic diseases. The Wolf prize is a BFD because about 30% of those who win a Wolf prize in Chemistry, physics, or medicine go on to win a Nobel.
The body of Japanese climber Takashi Ozaki was removed from Mt. Everest on Monday. Ozaki was part of the two-person team who made the first ascent of the north face of the mountain in 1980. He died on May 12th-- most likely of altitude sickness-- just a few hundred feet from the summit.