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๐Ÿ’จ Rising Japan Air Pollution. Language App Downloads. 30% Obesity Rates.

Chart of the Day #111 looks at Language Learning, Air Pollution, and Obesity Rates.

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๐Ÿ“ฑ Language Learning. Vietnam leads SEA language app downloads by >6.5 million
๐Ÿ’จ Air Pollution. Japan experienced a decline in air quality in 2023
๐Ÿฉ Obesity Rates. Obesity rates similar for both genders in Canada, but more Canadian men overweight

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๐Ÿ“ฑ Vietnam Leads SEA Language App Downloads by >6.5 Million

In 2023, Duolingo, an early entrant to the language learning market, had the highest app downloads within the Southeast Asian region. With a population of close to 100 million, Vietnam led in overall app downloads in the APAC region, nearing 14 million. Overall, ELSA was the second most downloaded app at 3.6 million, followed by Cake with nearly 2 million downloads. This large user base reflects the growing demand for language skills and mobile learning with user-friendly and personalized learning paths.

๐Ÿ’จ Japan Experienced a Decline in Air Quality in 2023

Japan's annual average fine particulate matter concentration witnessed a notable decline from 12ยตg in 2018 to 9.1ยตg in 2021, a level maintained through 2022. However, in 2023, levels increased slightly to 9.6ยตg. This decline and the consistent lower levels from 2021 to 2022 highlight Japan's efforts to reduce air pollution, indicating progress in environmental policies and practices. Despite the recent increase, Japan continues to focus on improving air quality.

๐Ÿฉ Obesity Rates Similar for Both Genders in Canada, but More Canadian Men Overweight

In Canada, approximately one-third of all adults reported being overweight or obese. Over 10% more men were recorded as being overweight than women, while both genders had similar obesity rates, at 30%. This trend highlights the importance of addressing weight management across both demographics, urging healthier lifestyles, and mitigating non-communicable diseases.

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