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Japan shits bed: female athletes fly economy while men’s team sit in business

They are world champions and brought hope to a nation reeling from a natural disaster, but Japan‘s female Olympic footballers had to make do with economy class seats during their gruelling flight to Europe this week, while the less celebrated men’s team relaxed in business class.

The issue surrounding “Nadeshiko Japan”, who lifted the women’s world cup in Germany last summer, began soon after they arrived in Paris on a Japan Airlines flight from Tokyo.

“I guess it should have been the other way around,” Homare Sawa , the team’s star player, told Japanese media. “Even just in terms of age, we are senior,” she joked.

via The Guardian

More Signs of the Empire’s Decline

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The forecasts for the shape of the “global talent pool” in 2020 show China as rapidly expanding its graduate numbers – set to account for 29% of the world’s graduates aged between 25 and 34.

The biggest faller is going to be the United States – down to 11% – and for the first time pushed into third place, behind India.

The US and the countries of the European Union combined are expected to account for little more than a quarter of young graduates.

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18646423)