GOOD DAY FOR: Good behavior, after Japan has started a weeklong crackdown on commuter-train gropers. According to one survey, almost two-thirds of young Japanese women have been groped on public transit, and more than 6,000 people were arrested last year for either groping or taking unsolicited photographs on trains. “Groping prevention week” will feature extra uniformed and undercover police. Groping is punishable by up to seven years in jail. (BBC News)
BAD DAY FOR: A merry Christmas, as a sharp drop in global trade has idled about 12 percent of the world’s shipping fleet, and led shipping lines to park some 500 empty ships in a remote stretch of ocean off Malaysia. This secret “ghost fleet,” larger than the U.S. and British navies combined, should be in its busiest time of year, moving Christmas merchandise across oceans. But retailers are running low inventories, because they expect a drop in demand and don’t have enough credit to stock their warehouses. (Daily Mail)
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How our botched understanding of 'science' ruins everything
- The science of sex: 4 harsh truths about dating and mating
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Why so many Christians won't back down on gay marriage
- How to be the star of a cocktail party where you don't know anyone
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- 13 Urban Outfitters controversies
- The Tea Party has its own immigration problem: Cuba
Subscribe to the Week