Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?
Japan’s under-40s appear to be losing interest in conventional relationships. Millions aren’t even dating, and increasing numbers can’t be bothered with sex. For their government, “celibacy syndrome” is part of a looming national catastrophe. Japan already has one of the world’s lowest birth rates. Its population of 126 million, which has been shrinking for the past decade, is projected to plunge a further one-third by 2060. Aoyama believes the country is experiencing “a flight from human intimacy” – and it’s partly the government’s fault.
Read this today. This is so, so interesting and rather kind of perplexing.
9:44 pm • 21 October 2013 • 65 notes
Newsweek Japan's cover reads “Hopeless America: The Suicidal Superpower” #ouch
I want to read this.
2:05 pm • 15 October 2013 • 395 notes
“We must adhere to the path of peaceful development, but can never abandon our legitimate interests, and can never sacrifice core national interests. No foreign country should ever nurse hopes that we will bargain over our core national interests, and nor should they nurse hopes that we will swallow the bitter fruit of harm to our country’s sovereignty, security and development interests. China will take the peaceful the path of peaceful development, and other countries must also take that path.”
— China’s incoming leader Xi Jinping comes in strong, will not budge on disputed territory.
2:24 pm • 29 January 2013
South China Sea dispute continues brewing
A Chinese plane was spotted over the hotly debated islands Thursday. The plane breached and violated Japanese airspace as Tokyo claims control of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, currently in the middle of a historical territorial dispute.
From the Associated Press: Japan levied a formal protest later [Thursday], but China said it was merely carrying out a normal operation. Here’s more.
11:22 am • 13 December 2012
“The value of the islands has never been in their aesthetics but in history and geopolitics: what control of the islands says about the relative power of Asia’s two economic giants, one rising and the other in what many see as a slow decline.”
— New York Times’ Martin Fackler takes a trip to the area of the disputed island chain between China and Japan in the South China Sea
6:57 am • 23 September 2012
A strong Economist cover for a great story I’ve been following for a month or so now on China-Japan relations over a set of disputed islands.
9:06 am • 20 September 2012 • 1 note