Shinzo Abe’s wife’s name was removed from incriminating documents related to an ultra-nationalistic school run by a friend of hers (Source TheEconomist)

How tech companies make their apps addictive

Tech companies use the insights of behaviour design to keep us returning to their products. But some of the psychologists who developed the science of persuasion are worried about how it is being used. From The Economist’s 1843 magazine (Source TheEconomist)
Run by the Aspire Academy in Qatar, the search involved 5m boys across the developing world at a cost of more than $100m (Source TheEconomist)
The analysis is comprehensive, looking at tariffs and non-tariff barriers as well as migration effects (Source TheEconomist)
Cheap oil and high production costs mean biofuels are more than twice as expensive as conventional jet fuel (Source TheEconomist)

Do credit booms foretell emerging-market crises?

The credit gap flashed red almost continuously in Chile in 1993-2002, reaching over 24%, but no crisis followed (Source TheEconomist)
The line-up of IPO listings for 2018 features Dropbox, Spotify and iQiyi, often called China's Netflix (Source TheEconomist)

How Conor Lamb won in Trump country

The 33-year-old centrist Democrat was careful not to make the election a referendum on Donald Trump, and he had energetic support from the unions (Source TheEconomist)
Central banks from Singapore to Sweden have been pondering whether they should issue digital currencies (Source TheEconomist)
Wars of the future could be decided by algorithms, as autonomous weapons provide low-cost, expendable fighting forces (Source TheEconomist)
In a game that was supposed to be little more than a tune-up, the top-ranked University of Virginia was stomped by the humble, 16th-seeded University of Maryland-Baltimore County (Source TheEconomist)

Why houses in Japan have such limited lifespans

In America and Europe second-hand houses account for 90% of sales, and new-builds for 10%. In Japan it's the other way around (Source TheEconomist)

Why so much land in Japan has no official owner

Sometimes, officials must spend thousands of hours searching through yellowing property records to find landowners if they want to build a road (Source TheEconomist)
Republican voters' view of trade agreements has flipped from positive to sharply negative since 2015 (Source TheEconomist)
As presidential elections take place in Russia, the chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, examines the games President Vladimir Putin is playing with the West (Source TheEconomist)
Vladimir Putin has already ruled for longer than any Russian leader since Stalin. And when Russians go to the polls on March 18th, the result will not be in question (Source TheEconomist)
Altitude does funny things to our taste buds, meaning some tipples taste better than others (Source TheEconomist)
Mr Scholz's instincts are fiscally conservative by SPD standards. How will these instincts combine with his party’s pro-Europeanism? (Source TheEconomist)
Where parts of the left sometimes fail “is in recognising anti-Semitism when it is in front of them” points out David Feldman, a historian of anti-Semitism at Birkbeck (Source TheEconomist)

Frankfurt woos London bankers

Of the banking jobs that have left London since June 2016, more have gone to Frankfurt than anywhere else (Source TheEconomist)
The restaurant market in Britain has become saturated, especially for mid-market Italian eateries (Source TheEconomist)

The NRA’s lawsuit against Florida is flimsy

The NRA claims Florida's age restrictions violate the constitutional rights of 18 to 20-year-olds wishing to buy semi-automatic guns (Source TheEconomist)

Problems forming a government in Italy

Now the choice the centre-left Democratic Party faces risks dividing what remains of the party yet again (Source TheEconomist)
The European Space Agency expects Tiangong-1 to fall to Earth sometime between March 29th and April 9th. No one will be hurt. Probably (Source TheEconomist)

How St Patrick’s Day celebrations went global

By the mid-20th century the holiday had evolved into a celebration of all things Irish. And a good excuse for a party (Source TheEconomist)

Who is Donald Trump's new economic adviser?

Larry Kudlow is the quintessential member of the Republican Party’s business wing (Source TheEconomist)
A female character previously sold at auction will become a swashbuckling pirate herself (Source TheEconomist)
Those who use cannabis in its most basic leaf form to treat illness run the risk of prosecution (Source TheEconomist)
Russia’s newest voters have no memory of life before Vladimir Putin. How has his leadership shaped them? (Source TheEconomist)

Talk of "global Britain" is incoherent

Britain’s diplomatic establishment is a bit like an aristocratic family that has inherited a crumbling pile in the country and insists on keeping up appearances (Source TheEconomist)