Japan's startup scene, the ‘Myth of the Male Decline,' 'reshoring' of US companies

-A startup scene is brewing in Japan, a country that hasn’t traditionally fostered entrepreneurialism, according to The New York Times.

W magazine reports that Johannesburg is “brashly shouldering its way into the global arena” as a hub of African hipness.

-More American companies are “reshoring” operations as the advantages of offshoring diminish, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

-A New York Times op-ed on “The Myth of Male Decline” argues that “what we are seeing is a convergence in economic fortunes, not female ascendance.”

-Essayist Sandra Tsing Loh looks at the challenges facing families as more women become the chief breadwinners, in this month’s Atlantic.

-In line with a growing “preservationist ethos” in Asia, Singapore is showing more interest in its urban heritage, according to The Wall Street Journal.

-In a reversal, Latin Americans are leaving Spain, returning home in search of a better future and bringing Spaniards with them, reports The Economist.

-With teen drug, cigarette and alcohol use down, a BBC editor wonders whether the stereotype of the teenage rebel is still alive and well.

-Britons are drinking less, due in part to the recession and cultural shifts, reports The Economist.

-The U.N. urges better preparation for the globe’s rapidly aging population, a demographic shift that will present “huge challenges to countries’ welfare, pension and healthcare systems,” as the BBC reports.

-New U.S. data shows births continuing to decline among younger mothers, reports USA Today.

The Wall Street Journal reports that immersion in mobile devices may be leading to distracted parenting, which some blame for an uptick in early childhood injuries.

-Everyday consumers are turning into mini retailers thanks to social media shopping sites, says The New York Times.

-A Citi Research report says that his holiday season, neither mobile nor social commerce will make a major impact on retailers.

The Economist discusses the dilemma facing Internet companies as they grapple with national laws restricting free speech online.  

-The BBC looks at the rise of priority queues—shorter wait times for people willing to fork up more cash—in the U.S.

MarketWatch identifies 10 big American brands that could disappear within a year.

Time spotlights “Eight ideas that are changing the way we live, eat, work, shop and play.”

-Women are now “major players” in the mobile gaming space, reports USA Today.

Time examines who’s benefiting and who’s not in “the new television landscape.”

-The AP takes a look at why 3D TV has proved a flop.

Digital Trends explores why the potential of augmented reality remains largely untapped.

-OLED screens “will change everything,” declares Mashable.

-Despite the advent of streaming services, Nielsen forecasts that 2012 digital music sales in the U.S. will set a record.

Facebook reaches 1 billion active monthly users.

-“Will Mobile’s Massive Growth Ever Equal Real Revenue?” asks Ad Age.

The Guardian’s Steve Poole takes issue with foodie culture, bemoaning that “Western industrial civilisation is eating itself stupid.”

The New York Times looks at a crop of books from a new breed of “decidedly nonmacho” American hunters.

-U.K. supermarkets are introducing prepared meals inspired by street food, reflecting a shift away from formal eating, according to The Guardian.

-Distillers are producing more potent spirits, writes The Wall Street Journal.

-The beer industry is facing heightened competition from other alcohol segments, such as flavored vodkas and whiskey, explains MediaPost.

-Fewer teens are drinking and driving, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

-The BBC explores whether consumers will trust a computer to take control when self-driving cars come on the market. Meanwhile, The Guardian wonders whether driverless cars will spur unemployment.

The New York Times reports that European drivers are using smartphones as radar detectors.

CNBC reports that with unemployment still high, many Millennials are becoming “permalancers.”

-The U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued updated guidelines (originally drafted in 1998) for eco-friendly and green marketing.

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at how gel manicures are changing the booming nail polish business.