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A Fertility Rebound

A researcher has found that fertility may go up again after countries reach a high level of development. The pattern has long been that fertility is declining pretty much everywhere, and in the developed world is has dropped below replacement levels ...

Socially malfunctioning Japan

The Washington Post reports on how little will there is to deal with the causes of Japan’s projected demographic collapse. The article notes that the country may lose 70% of its workforce by 2050, at the same time it is faced with supporting a ...

Japan: feeling threatened

In a new poll, most Japanese feel that North Korea and China are potential military threats to their country. When asked whether these countries constituted threats, Japanese responded: 80% — North Korea 55% — China 39% — ...

Shinking Japan

Columnist Fred Hiatt examines Japan’s demographic challenge — “sustained and inexorable population decline” — in the Washington Post. As a result of this decline, the country’s population is projected to drop from ...

Japan — trend: right-wing nationalism

Writing in the WP, Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation warns of a “campaign of right-wing intimidation of public figures that is squelching free speech and threatening to roll back civil society.” Emboldened by the recent rise in ...

New global e-readiness rankings

The Economist Intelligence Unit released its 2006 e-readiness rankings yesterday. The index is a measure of a country’s readiness for e-business, judged by Internet access, broadband penetration, innovation, information security, and other ...