My mother cannot, to save her life, pronounce the word "statistics" without tripping or spitting. Most people don't like stats much, even though it feels like we are awash in them sometimes. I used to feel that way myself--that statistics were being used, more often than not, to misinform, to hide the truth. Until I saw Hans Rosling speak on TED (down in links).
The following has nothing whatsoever to do with Japan, but may be loosely correlated with parenting. Anyway, I said down there in my profile that I occasionally write about things that have nothing to do with anything. And this is one of those occasions. Besides--I simply adore this man. He is brilliant, forthright, and his statistics are crystal clear--and utterly amazing. Here is his most recent talk given at TED (he has given three others--watch them all and be amazed):
Enjoy. And learn how to pronounce "statistics".