The number of foreign workers in Japan reached about 2.05 million as of October 2023, the most on record, the Labor Ministry reported Friday. The number grew by 12.4% from a year earlier, an acceleration compared with recent years but slower than in some years prior to the pandemic. Friday’s report also showed that small businesses were more likely to rely on foreign staff. About three of five of the roughly 319,000 establishments that hire non-Japanese staff have no more than 30 employees in total.
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- January 26, 2024
In the US, Gallup data shows that after decades where the sexes were each spread roughly equally across liberal and conservative world views, women aged 18 to 30 are now 30 percentage points more liberal than their male contemporaries. That gap took just six years to open up. Germany also now shows a 30-point gap between increasingly conservative young men and progressive female contemporaries, and in the UK the gap is 25 points. Outside the West, there are even more stark divisions. In South Korea, there is now a yawning chasm between young men and women, and it’s a similar situation in China. Korea’s is an extreme situation, but it serves as a warning to other countries of what can happen when young men and women part ways. Its society is riven in two. Its marriage rate has plummeted, and birth rate has fallen precipitously, dropping to 0.78 births per woman in 2022, the lowest of any country in the world.