Human Interest

Japanese dads struggle to reform fatherhood

Japan in Focus

Statistically speaking, for every baby born in Japan, two people pass away. The country’s rapidly shrinking population is, according to Japanese officials, a “national emergency” threatening its future prosperity and entire way of life. They’re struggling to reverse this trend but some believe fixing this problem calls for a revolution in Japanese fatherhood. The World’s Patrick Winn reports with Aya Asakura in Tokyo.

More people are running marathons than ever before. Why?

Lifestyle & Belief

Washington, D.C., woman becomes queen of Ghana village

Hollywood stars hawking products in Russian ads

Arts, Culture & Media

Celebrity scientist to be sealed in airtight box for experiment

The World

Billionaires pledge to give up half their money to charity

More than 30 billionaires have agreed to donate at least half their fortunes to charity; the list was made public yesterday. The New York Times’ Louise Story, has the details of this new venture by some of the country’s richest people.

Accepted to all eight Ivy League schools, Victor Agbafe will attend Harvard University this fall, setting him on the path to his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon.

How Victor Agbafe’s immigrant parents taught him the lessons to get into all eight Ivies


Victor Agbafe credits his parents for surrounding him with a strong support system to succeed. So we asked him to elaborate more on the role of his parents and to share how being the son of immigrants shaped him as both a student and a person.

The World

An Irish priest wows wedding guests with his version of ‘Hallelujah.’ Now he has a record contract.


During a wedding in Ireland last year, Father Ray Kelly stepped to the microphone and sang a version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” One attendee posted the performance on You Tube, and now Kelly has a record contract and his debut album has been released.

Scoping out the latest products from SkyMall magazine.

With SkyMall shutting down, hurry up and buy these items before they’re gone


Don’t be embarrassed. We all look at the off-the-wall products offered in in-flight magazine SkyMall. Now that the company has filed for bankruptcy, let us commiserate about the products that we will never again not have.

Tim Adams (center, in glasses) suffered a stroke several years ago that affected his ability to speak. But he's been singing with the Stroke a Chord choir outside of Melbourne, Australia.

These stroke victims can’t speak, but they’re still singing


The Stroke a Chord choir in Melbourne, Australia, is made of people who have lost their abilities to speak normally because of strokes. But thanks to a quirk of the brain, they’re still able to express themselves in song.