March 08, 2020

In Japan regular people see the clock as the enemy






Picture: Japanese Clock 
(Gift from opening a bank account)


"Japan is a country famous for its meticulous attention to detail, an aspect that reveals itself in a certain sense of orderliness. Everything has its proper place and time and everything runs according to schedule. Buses, trains, planes and events - all start and finish right on time - people view the clock as the enemy"   


Source: The Economist Magazine, 2020, page 272

March 01, 2020

Pharmaceutical spending in Japan estimated at 2 percent of GDP in 2018




Picture: Medicine in Japan







"Pharmaceutical spending as a percentage of GDP selected countries, 2018 or latest available. 

Japan estimated at 2 percent of GDP, Source: OECD"


Source: 

There's no pill for that, The Economist Magazine, February 15th, 2020, page 36.

February 26, 2020

Japanese glass eels can fetch up to US$30,000 a kilo




Picture: A fisherman's morning catch




"rare Japanese glass eels 

can fetch up to US$30,000 a kilo" 



Source: 

Article: The known unknowns,
 The Economist, 
December 21st, 2019, 
Page 35