Time to banish old people to the countryside?

| Jun 28, 2015

Time to banish old people to the countryside?

by Amy Chavez

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 ...

China tells its road-rage motorists to cool it

May 18, 2015

China tells its road-rage motorists to cool it

The horrific incident shocked the nation when it went viral in China earlier this month: a woman dragged from her car, thrown to the ground and kicked repeatedly in the face and head in a case of road rage in Sichuan. And it was ...

China seeks new wave of migrants to restive Xinjiang

May 11, 2015

China seeks new wave of migrants to restive Xinjiang

Newly employed as a hotel receptionist in Xinjiang, Fang Lihua is a foot soldier on the front line of a demographic contest for the mainly Muslim region’s identity as China opens it up for migration. The resource-rich, far-western region is home to more than ...