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At the detriment of Japan’s social and welfare systems, the number of Japanese people aged 100 and above has hit 60,000 this year. It’s no secret that Japan faces unprecedented challenges in the very near future with its troubling low birth rate, but things look even more bleak when...

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Japan has long been known as a country with both a large elderly population and extremely low birth rates. Challenges associated with this imbalance in demographics are now revealing themselves in the country’s penal system, where nearly 1 in 5 inmates is over the age of 60. This isn’t...

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Chinese netizens have reacted to the recent ranking of Beijing as the “top city on mainland China” to appear on the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s list of the world’s most livable cities. The annual survey results were published last week and responses in China were pretty much as one...

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In a symbolic move to demonstrate “self-reliance” and give the finger to Japan, North Korea has boldly announced the creation of their very own time zone, to be set 30 minutes earlier than both Japan and South Korea. Pyongyang time (UTC+08:30) will be implemented on August 15, coinciding with...

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