kids

Tokyo train operator installs baby care rooms to make rail travel easier for parents and infants

Mamaro provides a place to attend to kids’ needs in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Japan’s rail network.

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Japan’s randoseru school backpacks keep getting more expensive, so now parents can rent them

Lower cost isn’t the only benefit of Japan’s first randoseru subscription service, company says.

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12-year-old manga artist wins prize from Weekly Shonen Jump, talent might run in the family

Amazing artwork from elementary school artist who some think is the son of a pro.

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Hospitalized Japanese mom needs Pokémon fans’ help to make Christmas special for Eevee-loving kid

Let’s help Eevee save Christmas.

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Japanese defecation survey says kids struggle with Japanese toilets, contributing to constipation

Girls seem to be much better than boys at using Japan’s traditional squat toilets.

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More than one in three Japanese working women in survey would rather be housewives

Survey also finds a surprising gap in housewife-life appeal depending on whether or not women have kids.

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What?!? Turns out kids eat for free at one of Japan’s best ramen chains, and hardly anyone knew

We already loved Ichiran, and now we love it even more.

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Tokyo police create public service warning about kids obsessing over their favorite male idols

Police want kids and parents to be aware of the dangers of obsessive oshikatsu.

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Rate of young Japanese people who want to get married someday drops to lowest ever in survey

Number of children Japanese women want also drops to lowest ever in latest iteration of government study.

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Monpoké baby brand now sells customizable Pokémon baby rings for the little love of your life

Babies can finally get a fun-sized version of a Pokéring to match the grownups.

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Manga pro’s sixth-grade son floors the Internet with his amazing manga art

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Furuya household.

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Giant wearable baby head, huge randoseru backpack part of empathy-boosting art exhibit in Japan

Would you appreciate being told “Go outside and play!” after carrying an 18.9-kilogram (41,7-pound) backpack on your commute?

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Tokyo government announces new name for maternity/paternity leave, hopes to change attitudes

Governor of Tokyo wants people to stop saying the old term because paternal leave is not a vacation.

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Receipt from Japanese kid’s first shopping trip is a heart-melting symbol of his love for his mom

Seven-year-old boy proves he’s not just old enough, but kind enough too.

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Medical bills to be free in all Tokyo wards for high school students, younger kids from next year

System has no family income restrictions and will address low birth rate, politicians hope.

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Japanese schools banning nicknames, mandating use of -san divides opinions

Proper manners, or forcing kids to be too polite?

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New shoes from Converse will have both kids and adults showing off their love of Pokémon in style

Six Pokémon, ten different designs…how could we choose?!

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Japanese kid turns dad’s retro game collection into awesome Dragon Quest clock【Photos】

Because no matter what time it is, it’s always time for Dragon Quest, right?

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Japanese Twitter user spots moms showing fighting spirit during kids’ Pokémon card battle in park

No idle chit-chat for these parents.

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Kids magazine comes with functioning ticket gate machine, makes beeping sounds when gates open

New edition of children’s magazine Youchien even has adults reaching for their wallets.

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