Jul 14, 2015

Pyongyang installs bike lanes to cut down on accidents

North Korea has installed cycle lanes on major thoroughfares running through Pyongyang in an apparent bid to cut down on pedestrian accidents, as more people have the cash to spend on bicycles to get around. Bicycles are an expensive but popular mode of transport ...

Latinos, as expected, now outnumber whites in California

Jul 9, 2015

Latinos, as expected, now outnumber whites in California

The long-expected moment when Latinos surpass whites as California’s largest racial or ethnic group has come and gone. According to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in late June, Hispanic Californians began to narrowly outnumber white Californians sometime in the first half of 2014. As ...

Jul 3, 2015

Chinese firm to punish 'unscheduled' pregnancies: report

A Chinese company plans to demand its employees seek approval to get pregnant and fine those who conceive a child without permission, reports said, provoking a media firestorm Friday. “Only married female workers who have worked for the company for more than one year ...

Time to banish old people to the countryside?

| Jun 28, 2015

Time to banish old people to the countryside?

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I couldn’t help but gasp upon reading the Japan Policy Council’s new recommendations to help take the aging population burden off Tokyo: “Encourage the elderly to move to the countryside, where the facilities are less crowded and there are more spaces for those needing ...

Heartache for Japan's real-life 40-year-old virgins

Jun 8, 2015

Heartache for Japan's real-life 40-year-old virgins

Takashi Sakai is a healthy 41-year-old heterosexual man with a good job and a charming smile. But he’s never had sex, one of a growing number of middle-aged Japanese men who are still virgins. Sakai has never even had any kind of relationship with ...