Parenting

Japan awards foster parent status to same-sex couple for first time

National government confirms legality of decision by administrators in Osaka.

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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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Japanese praiseful papa’s positivity is purely precious, or possibly evil genius

This Japanese daddy found a genius scheme for a harmonious family life.

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Mr. Sato’s dad gives him some tough love when asked if he knows what his son does for a living

The elder Mr. Sato tells it like it is. Plus: an appearance by the Sato family cat!

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Japanese mom’s plan to stop daughter from becoming an anime otaku draws criticism online

Popular light novel author shares his skepticism about the ploy.

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Japanese parents afraid of stranger danger ban saying hello in their condominium complex

”We teach our children to run away.”

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Japanese parents share all of the wonderful, mischievous moments of their children on Twitter

Even if you’re not a parent yourself, try imagining yourself in their shoes.

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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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Family with monthly meetings has amazing goals for the summer months

Guess who wants to play a lot of Pokémon GO in August.

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Japanese mom lists 14 ways life with a spouse is different from life with someone you’re dating

With one you have dreams, and with the other you have reality.

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This Do Re Mi Day, remember to give your child the gift of perfect pitch

Do Re Mi Day is celebrated on 24 June and our resident musical expert K. Nagahashi would like to remind everyone that there’s no better time to obtain perfect pitch than the present.

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Japan in tears over elementary school teacher’s emotional homework assignment about love and loss

”Make your parents cry” may not have been the assignment, but it was definitely the result of this important lesson.

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Japanese family is back with more notes from its monthly meetings and shocking goals for Granny

Does your Grandma go picking fights with wild boars?

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Father “pays” son for helping with yard work, what he earns is not what you might expect!

He didn’t expect anything for helping dear ol’ Dad with some yard work, but what he got as a thank-you wasn’t what he was expecting either!

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Nissan Japan’s special drive music takes kids from screams to snores in minutes【Video】

Watch these wailing babies go from kill mode to chill mode in the blink of an eye.

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Short story from online forum gets rendered as a manga, has netizens in tears…

Some of the best short stories from Japanese online hangout 2Channel were recently turned into a manga by a very talented artist, with one tale in particular hitting netizens right in the heart.

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Japanese moms show their funnier sides, absolutely crack their kids (and us) up

Don’t let the seriousness of their love blind you from their sense of humor.

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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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Elementary school student’s “wish to become a smartphone” breaks Japanese internet’s heart

Get ready to break out the tissues for this one.

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A surprising number of Japanese kids still bathe with their parents up until high school

As shocking as it may sound to a Westerner’s ears, some Japanese kids continue bathing with their parents up until high school. It turns out, though, that doing so may have a positive impact on their grades.

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