Showcasing my favourite weekly reads and stories on the startups, business, and the world. One day late since I was finishing up another post about Airbnb in Vancouver - check that out too!
Japan's aging population has been widely reported by the media and a pressing issue for their government. Some of the hard facts:
- The current population of Japan is 127 million - that number's going to decline by 40 million by 2065
- A third of Japanese people are entering their 30s without any sexual experience
- One in seven Japanese women aged 50 have not married
- One in four Japanese men aged 50 have not married
To put it simply, "there are a lot of men like me who find women scary," 26-year-old comedian Ano Matsui said. (via The Independent by Greg Wilford)
Despite the fact that more people are living on their own than ever before, when's the last time you saw someone going to the movies by themselves? We worry too much about not being perceived as a loner that we can't ride solo to a restaurant, cinema or mall without some friends beside us.
U.S. researchers Rebecca Ratner and Rebecca Hamilton surveyed hundreds of participants in China, India and the States and found one discovery: we underestimate how much fun we have when treating ourselves out to a date. (via BPS Research Digest by Christian Jarrett)
Telecommuting is an attractive idea for both employers and employees. Companies can attract better talent and save on real estate costs, while workers can take care of their kids and actually attend the Thursday dentist appointment they booked months ago. But in practice, employees abuse the advantage.
"I think people have to be trusted. But the working-from-home thing has to be on a per-person basis, and it can't be very often. It just doesn't work." (via Bloomberg by Rebecca Greenfield)
The tagline is "Made in South Central" instead of "Made in Downtown L.A."
Launched in late 2016 by American Apparel founder Dov Charney, Los Angeles Apparel makes the same basic t-shirts and sweatshirts that made the former company infamous. (Fun fact: did you know that American Apparel was first launched in Canada?) Currently it's just a wholesale business with no retail stores. Not much has changed besides the name - the business partners, customers and warehouse in L.A. are all the same. Time will tell if the controversy and court cases have also followed suit. (via Bloomberg by Matthew Townsend)
Chhaupadi is a social tradition that forces girls and women to live in dark, claustrophobic huts and stay away from their family while on their period. It's a practice that still affects 95% of females in Nepal, despite it being banned since 2005.
Dazed Digital follows Durga Bist, a young Nepalese woman part of a youth movement called Restless Development that aims to abolish chhaupadi in the country. After getting involved with Restless, she was inspired to rebel against the patriarchal and inhumane tradition. This is her story of how she persuaded her family to end the practice and started empowering others to do the same.
Thanks to Flo for the heads-up! (via Dazed by Harriet Kean)
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