No sex please — we’re Japanese

From USA Today:

Nothing is happening with depressing regularity between Japanese men and women these days. Marriages, births and hanky-panky are all spiraling downward with troubling implications for the nations future: A sagging birthrate means that fewer working-age people will be around to support a growing population of elderly; a social crisis looms.

Only in Japan would a popular weekly newsmagazine deem it necessary to exhort the nations youth to abstain from sexual abstinence: ‘Young people, dont hate sex,’ AERA magazine pleaded last month in a report detailing a precarious drop in sales of condoms and in business at Japans rent-by-the-hour ‘love hotels.’

More and more Japanese men and women are finding relationships too messy, tiring and potentially humiliating to bother with anymore. ‘They dont want a complicated life,’ says Sakai, who has written a controversial bestseller, Cry of the Losing Dogs, on the plight of unmarried Japanese thirtysomething women like herself.

Quality flying …

Quality Chinook flying ...
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This photograph was taken during Operation Mountain Resolve, a month-long operation launched in November 2003 to round up Afghan rebels in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar and Nuristan Provinces. The picture shows a CH-47 Chinook helicopter being lowered onto a roof to receive Afghans taken by the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

Eggs

There’s an article in the New York Times about a Russian billionaire purchasing all of the Faberg�eggs owned by the Forbes family. The entire collection were set to be auctioned, and the reported purchase price was $100 million.

It’s kind of nice thinking that the eggs will now head back home to Russia where they’re part of a cultural heritage, versus the collector’s pieces they merely are now.