3. One out of every eight people living in Japan is at least 75 years old. There are twice as many people who are aged 65or older than the number of children under the age of 15.
This reminded me of something interesting I heard the other day. I was listening to Tim Ferriss’s podcast interview with Kevin Kelly, a founder of Wired and the guy who started Cool Tools. He said he thought there was going to be a population implosion this century. He pointed out that societies where the population has concentrated in cities rarely sustain replacement level fertility. Most of Europe, Japan, China and, I’d imagine, the rest of the G20 have greying/declining populations.
I hope he’s right, though I’m not advocating for city living.
About two months ago I finally made a trip to Brass <Japanese>. First found out about them some time ago from A Continuous Lean. Turns out you can’t just walk in and get some shoes made. When I went in, they gave me an appointment (for today) to come in, try on some shoes and choose my options. Everything from shoe style to thread color to heel are options and it takes/took about 30 minutes to choose. At the end of the session, I made a downpayment and left being told that my shoes would be ready in 6 to 12 months. Hope it’s worth it.
The only time my phone is allowed to ask for my attention is for phone calls, SMS, or FaceTime (all rare occurrences). I initiate every other interaction—Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, the web. My phone is a tool that I control, not the other way around.
Easy enough for me since my main phone is ガラケー and my smartphone isn’t connected to any phone carrier and is therefore a glorified IPod. Still, I turned off automatic email checking on the laptop, which I have with me on weekdays, a few years ago and only use Twitter to occasionally check out Dan-O’s Singaporean food pics.