To get to Kesennuma these days, Japan's biggest port town about two hours by bullet train northwest of Tokyo, I had to take a taxi yesterday an hour to the coast.It's cold and snowing here, with only a few inches on the ground, but a total whiteout.
Japan has one of the lowest birth rates in the world. Thus, every five years, the Japanese government conducts a study on attitudes toward sex and marriage.Recent findings suggest that the birth rate will probably continue to plummet. The reason?
In Japan, not much is happening between the sheets in many marriages. And it’s not necessarily that different for single people, either.According to a recent government survey on attitudes toward sex and marriage, one in four unmarried Japanese men has never ever had sex.
Japan's birth rate is extremely low, so every five years the government conducts a survey on attitudes toward sex and marriage. And the latest statistics suggest that it's unlikely the birth rate will go up. It turns out that lots of Japanese aren’t even having sex.
On last week's Global Notes, we celebrated the international roots of disco with music from around the world. Well, at least four continents. Despite our best efforts, we had trouble finding disco from Asia.So, we defied listeners to produce some Asian disco for us. And produce you did.
Earlier this month, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan called for a society that doesn’t rely on nuclear power. His announcement stunned some of the political establishment, but it seems in line with Japanese public opinion. A recent poll revealed that 70% supported Kan's nuclear strategy.