children

Soccer star Keisuke Honda encourages kids not to play video games to become pros

While an eager audience of children hung onto his every word, his pep talk appears to have ruffled Japanese net users for an amusing reason.

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Japanese college students discuss whether kids should be allowed to watch anime, play video games

Both sides of the debate express concerns about children’s mental and emotional development.

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Japan introduces new maternity taxi service in Tohoku to help pregnant women

Iwate Prefecture is the latest region to receive a designated maternity taxi service, in a trend that’s becoming increasingly popular around Japan.

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Adorable toddler dubbed “Mini Kim Jong-un” shows remarkable sense of rhythm with cute dance moves

Who knew the doppelgänger of a communist leader could come with such adorable bopping hips? 

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Adorable toddler is looking for prince charming with her unique “glass slippers”

The magic of fairy tales has caught a hold of this young girl and won’t let go.

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Japanese boy celebrates 8th birthday dressed as a host at a club in Tokyo’s Kabukicho

The Internet can’t decide whether this is insanely cute or a prime example of terrible parenting.

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Japanese pediatrician goes overboard with Halloween spirit, turns clinic into horror movie scene

Terrifying decorations make clinic look more like a site for human sacrifices than medical treatment.

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Japanese Twitter tears up over touching tale of why bullied child never contemplated suicide

Tormented grade schooler didn’t have to look far for proof that someday things could be better.

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Adorable family of cats and children look out for each other during nap time and at play

This heartwarming collection of photos reveals the beautiful bonds created between children and pets.

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People in Japan are being paid to have babies, and it seems to be working

Japan’s nationwide fertility rate just hit its highest level in 21 years.

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Japan reports fewer children and more elderly people for 35th year in a row

New data confirms the number of children in Japan is only continuing to decline.

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Survey shows “YouTuber” among top jobs Japanese kids want when they grow up

Because they want to “make millions” and “not have to study…” 

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Singaporeans are getting creative when it comes to combating the low fertility rate

With one of the lowest birth rates in the world, activists in Singapore are using clever advertising campaigns and humor to try to trigger a baby boom.

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Research from Tohoku University claims video games impair brain development in children

Should we be concerned or should we just keep pressing those sweet, sweet buttons?

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We break out the toys with the Toys “R” Us lucky bags【2016 Lucky Bag Roundup】

What did we find in our 2016 Toys “R” Us lucky bags? Join us as we open both a “boys’ version” and a “girls’ version” bag!

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Osaka police on the lookout for elementary students who stole equivalent to $1,000 in six thefts

Tsurumi Ward in Osaka has been the scene of a crime wave since November 3 in which two young boys believed to be in the fifth or sixth grade have stolen cash and property from six separate homes so far. The suspects are still at large, unless class is in session.

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The top 20 anime/manga series Japanese fans would like to show to their kids

It’s time for another fun survey from anime informational website Charapedia!

The site recently asked 10,000 of its users to share their top picks for the top 20 manga/anime series that they would like to show to their children. If you think that the results are full of fluff and potty humor, you may be surprised at some of the more thought-provoking choices on the list.

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Kid faithfully emulates classic arcade game Xevious out of paper in arts and crafts class

In these days of modern video games, people seem to be losing sight of what gaming is all about. In all the glitz and glamour of motion control and Hollywood actors lending their voices and likeness to games, it sometimes feels like we’ve forgotten that games are meant to be incredibly difficult, repetitive tasks performed for an arbitrary and intangible reward system of “points.”

This is incredibly valuable experience to prepare young minds for entering the workforce, but thanks to free-roaming environments and checkpoints-a-plenty, we’ve gone from a generation of Mr. Do!‘s to bunch of Mr. Don’t!‘s.

But this nine-year-old kid, whose art class project based on a classic arcade shooter is shown above, gets it. And mark my words, he will become the future leader of this nation.

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Japanese man’s parents present Notice of Expiration of Child-Rearing Services on 20th birthday

Unlike in the U.S., legal adulthood in Japan doesn’t begin until the age of 20. But while that means an extra two years to enjoy the benefits and protection society affords to minors, everyone has to grow up sometime, and for one Japanese Twitter user the transition was especially abrupt.

On his 20th birthday as his parents presented him with a written notice congratulating him on graduating from childhood and celebrating his newfound freedoms, while spelling out exactly what they, and the world, now expected of him as an adult.

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In Japanese elementary schools, lunchtime means serving classmates, cleaning the school 【Video】

Last month, we took a look at how in Japan many children are expected to commute to school without their parents’ help starting in elementary school. That’s not the only amazing display of responsibility that’s part of everyday life for Japanese kids, though.

Not only do Japanese schools not have school busses, they also don’t have food-serving or cleaning staff. That means it’s the students themselves who’re responsible for distributing school lunches and keeping the building clean, and the diligence with which they go about their tasks would put many full-blown adults to shame, as shown in this video of all the things Japanese grade schoolers are expected to do during a typical school day in addition to studying.

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