3-D Pig Disgusting? Another Problem for Japan’s Birth Rate

It is a well documented fact that Japan’s birth rate has been struggling for the quite a while now. The last few years have shown a slight uptick in the birth rate, but still not nearly enough to compensate for the growing elderly population. The birth rate hit its nadir in 2005, dropping to 1.24 children per woman for the nationwide average. A rate of 2.1 children per woman is considered zero growth, with the extra 0.1 accommodating for early deaths or people who do not go on to reproduce.

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My Take On the Not-So-Fearsome H1N1 Control Protocols

Hello world, I know I’ve been absent for the last week and a half, but with good reason. I just recently returned from a business trip to Japan, and I got to experience firsthand the Japanese screening procedures and fear of H1N1. Unfortunately, one side-effect of that trip was falling behind on what’s going on in the rest of the world, but among other posts I want to write in the next few days is a post on H1N1, and I found two articles: one from ScienceDaily on a pandemic screening program, and one from Joystiq about Japanese companies pulling out of E3.

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Dayglo Arafat is the New black

Originally a symbol of Palestinian Nationalism the keffiyeh, better known as the Arafat Scarf or PLO Scarf, is becoming a fashion rage again. Since the 80s the keffiyeh has moseyed in and out of closets of the chic and politically over-sensitive. It’s not the fashion conscious but the pre-packaged passive-rebellious counter culture, emo kids et al, that are adopting it. How does a subculture where the new black has always been a darker shade of black adopt something that is traditionally¬†monochrome? Simple: bright beautiful color! Like many things occidental¬†adolescents¬†find fashionable the current resurgence seems Japanese based. It seems to be a common accessory to the Gothic Lolita look. Lolita Kisama… Read More

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