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Newsweek International 08/30/2019

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1 min.
the archives

1985 “How safe is sugar?” Newsweek asked since “over the last decade, the consumption of sugar and its substitutes have risen dramatically.” Some experts blame sugar for “cavities, obesity and even violent behavior,” while others suspect substitutes of causing “neurological problems, chromosome damage and bladder cancer.” Nevertheless, the “American appetite for sweets seems insatiable.” But today, new legislation has taken aim at sugar consumption by taxing sugar-sweetened beverages worldwide as public health concerns have grown over the spread of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. 1951 “America’s first line of defense is now in England,” Newsweek wrote of the newly-mobilized American air fleets and bases as the Cold War heated up. “If Soviet Russia strikes, it will be from these bases—only four hours as a B-50 flies—that American bombers will deal the first retaliatory…

8 min.
the last taboo

WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A ROBUST NATIONAL conversation about gender. We’re talking about the shifting roles and expectations of men and women, and whether the U.S. is “ready” for a female president. We’re discussing the forces that hold women back in our society—whether it’s sexual harassment in the workplace, girls not having coding experience, or girls being told to be perfect while boys are told to be brave. We’re even talking about how gender itself is defined. At their core, these conversations are all about power: who has it and who doesn’t. But one thing that has been missing from the debate is money. We cannot talk about power without implicitly talking about money, as the two are inextricably interwoven in a capitalist society. More money equals more power.…

11 min.
crossing the line

DR. DONNA FREITAS IS A TITLE IX researcher and lecturer about consent at universities. In this excerpt from her memoir, Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention, she recounts how she was harassed and stalked in graduate school by the professor and priest who she had originally thought would become her mentor and dissertation director. She also shows how essential it is for the conversation to continue about what consent is and how complicated consent can become in a relationship between student and professor—or in the workplace with one’s boss. Freitas’ memoir describes what began as a collegial relationship, where she was initially flattered by her professor’s attention for her work. Then it went bad—escalating into increasingly inappropriate, even sinister, behavior. Eventually, he was sending her numerous letters daily; regularly calling her…

4 min.
q&a: donna freitas

Why did you decide to write this book now? I was working on another book, Consent on Campus: A Manifesto, when I realized that the argument I was making about consent, I couldn’t make without everything I went through in grad school. The realization felt like a punch—I’d never made the connection between my academic research and activism on campus and what I lived so long ago. I opened up a new document on my laptop, and started writing the memoir alongside the other book. Eventually, I realized I didn’t want to carry this secret alone anymore. How can you write or speak publicly about this now? I just decided it was ridiculous—poisonous—to remain silent any longer. It didn’t make sense, that it was crazy that the price of my school making the…

4 min.
japan’s cosmetic firms eyeing global growth

A land famed for being health and beauty-conscious, Japan is reputed for the quality of its cosmetics products. Over the coming years the nation’s cosmetics market, the second largest in the world after the U.S., is set for steady expansion buoyed by growth in exports, particularly to neighboring Asian countries where the ‘Made in Japan’ brand holds significant weight. For the first time ever, Japan became a net exporter of cosmetic products in 2017. And in 2018, exports reached a record of more than 500 billion yen ($4.8 billion), marking a sixth consecutive year of growth. The reason for the boon in exports can mainly be attributed to the drive by Japanese cosmetics firms to expand their presence in overseas markets as a means to offset the impact of the aging…

3 min.
i’rom helps foreign bio-tech tap into “thriving” japanese market

The older you get, the more medicine you need. It is a simple rule of life known all too well by the pharmaceutical industry – and nowhere more so than in Japan. Here, the world’s most rapidly aging population presents a unique opportunity for drug companies and explains why the country contains the second-biggest pharmaceuticals market internationally, behind the United States. To combat the challenge of its aging society, the government has responded through its Strategy of Sakigake, which aims to foster pharmaceutical industry innovation, help local companies grow in the global market, and accelerate drug and device approvals. The simplification of the application processes for innovative medical products, along with the update of Japan’s Pharmaceutical Affairs Act and a new law regarding regenerative medicine safety, has drastically reduced the legal and administrative…