「・・・ 50歳時点で一度も結婚したことがない人の割合である生涯未婚率(2010年時点)は、男性20・1%、女性10・6%と、初めて男性が2割台、女性が1割台に達した・・・」
 ・・・ YKK, the Japanese zipper behemoth, makes roughly half of all the zippers on earth. More than 7 billion zippers each year. ・・・
 YKK “smelts its own brass, concocts its own polyester, spins and twists its own thread, weaves and color-dyes cloth for its zipper tapes, forges and molds its scooped zipper teeth …” and on and on. YKK even makes the boxes it ships its zippers in. And of course it still manufactures its own zipper-manufacturing machines—which it carefully hides from the eyes of competitors. With every tiny detail handled under YKK’s roof, outside variables get eliminated and the company can assure consistent quality and speed of production.・・・
 ・・・The act of seeking sanctuary in foreign embassies gained traction in the 20th century, but fleeing to a diplomatic mission wasn’t always a safe bet. In 1927, for example, the anti-Communist Manchurian warlord Zhang Zuolin ordered a raidon the Soviet embassy in Beijing, arresting and executing 20 Communist activists who had sought refuge there including Li Dazhao, co-founder of the Chinese Communist Party.
 But, for the most part, the recognition of embassies as off-limits to the host-country authorities gradually became a fundamental principal of customary international law over the course of the 19th and early 20th centuries, though the seeds were planted earlier (a Venetian statute in 1554 declaredthat “he who has taken refuge in the house of a diplomat shall not be followed there, and his pursuers are to feign ignorance of his presence”).
 In 1956, for instance, when the Soviet Union sent troops into Hungary to reassert control over the country, reformist Communist leader Imre Nagy took refuge at the embassy of non-aligned Yugoslavia. Yuri Andropov, the Soviet ambassador to Hungary and future Communist Party general secretary, promised Nagy safe passage out of the country but then arrested himas soon as he left the compound. He was executed after a secret trial the next year.
 Another leader of the Hungarian uprising, Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty, took refuge at the U.S. embassy after the Soviet invasion and ended up spending the next 15 yearsinside the embassy compound, with local police keeping a 24-hour watch to prevent him from escaping. He was eventually permitted to leave Hungary in 1971.
 In 1961, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations codified prevailing customary law by declaring the “premises” of diplomatic missions “inviolable” — effectively barring security agents in a host country from entering embassy grounds without the embassy’s permission. The treaty added that “premises” included the head of the diplomatic mission’s residence and that the private residences of diplomats also enjoyed “inviolability,” though it’s unclear whether this clause applies to all diplomats.・・・
 On April 5, 1980, 750 Cubans gathered at the Peruvian embassy in Havana demanding political asylum. The next day, their numbers had swelled to 10,000. Recognizing the scale of the political crisis, the Castro regime authorized a boatlift of thousands of asylum seekers to the United States and other Latin American countries. And 1989 saw what became known as the “Prague Embassy Crisis,” as hundreds of East Germans began jumping the walls into the West German embassy in Prague, demanding asylum. A tent city was set up in the embassy’s courtyard to accommodate the asylum seekers, and eventually more than 20,000 people are thought to have made it to West Germany this way. Just 40 days after the West German government granted the Prague refugees asylum, the Berlin Wall fell. ・・・
 When ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega took refugefrom U.S. troops at the Vatican embassy in Managua in 1990, the Americans blasted rock music — including Guns’n’Roses — at the compound in an effort to force him out. Perhaps sick of the racket themselves, Vatican officials eventually gave Noriega his marching orders.
  ・・・from the 1930s to the 1970s, the American middle class grew while the poor and rich classes shrunk as a percentage of the population. Around the early 1970s, however, this development reversed. “Median income, which more than doubled between 1947 and 1973, would rise by less than one quarter between 1973 and 2004,”・・・
 Though women’s increased presence in the labor force has obviously been a boon to women, social justice, and society in general, it has destabilized the middle class.
 Now families depend on two incomes, and so are at twice the risk of job losses. High-income women and men are marrying, while those of low income are doing the same. Finally, the rise of single parenthood has made the two-parent family twice as economically sound.
 ・・・immigration is a contributing factor, as illegal and legal immigrants drive down wages and take jobs that would otherwise go to unskilled American workers. The failure of the American public school system, and the increased cost of college, has exacerbated the problem. Offshoring, the process by which American companies opt to use cheap labor in foreign countries, has devastated American manufacturing. Computerization of many formerly middle-class jobs, government policies that remove tax barriers to the rich, and the growth of the financial sector have all strongly contributed to economic inequality・・・
 ・・・The hunter-gatherers, from the island of Gotland, bore a distinct genetic resemblance to people alive today in Europe’s extreme north, said Jakobsson, who reported his findings in Friday’s edition of the journal Science. The farmer, excavated from a large stone burial structure in the mainland parish of Gokhem, about 250 miles away, had DNA more like that of modern people in southern Europe.・・・