By Walt Hickey
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news.
Number of jobs available for every job applicant in Japan, the highest since 1973. Automation is a welcome trend in the nation given its shrinking pool of workers. [Bloomberg]
Oliver Schmidt was sentenced to seven years in prison and a $400,000 fine for his role as “a key conspirator” in Volkswagon’s emissions fraud scheme. [Reuters]
With a vote from the Federal Parliament, Australia has become the 26th country to legalize same-sex marriage. This move flowed from a postal survey that showed Australians overwhelmingly supported the change. Only four members of parliament voted against the measure, while several others abstained. [Sydney Morning Herald]
Approximate number of reindeer in Norway. As it stands, the country requires herders to kill a portion of their herd annually as part of a reindeer reduction policy. In what’s almost certainly the hit Christmas movie of 2036, one 25-year-old man is fighting back against the government and for the rights of the indigenous Sami people and will have his day in the Supreme Court following two lower court victories. Also, his sister is dragging along an installation of hundreds of bullet-ridden …read more
Via:: 538 Data Labs