kids

Train company asks parents with baby strollers to be polite to other passengers, sparks backlash

Loudest critic cays it’s not moms travelling with kids who need to step up their manners.

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Almost half of Japanese grade-school girls say they’ve never heard of “programming” in survey

Troubling statistic is coupled with an additional one-in-four saying they’ve heard the word, but don’t know what it means.

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Japan Sumo Association bans girls from prohibiting in practice event as controversy continues

Stance that the sanctity of the sumo ring is tarnished by female presence extends all the way down to elementary school-age kids.

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If you want your kids to go to elite universities, give them Legos, Japanese study says

According to a study done by Lego Japan, the majority of surveyed graduates from elite universities played with Legos when they were children.

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“Cherry blossoms of the heart” — The 10 most popular Japanese names for girls in 2017-2018

Baby name suggestion website compiles list of its users favorite names for they’re considering for their daughters.

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Japanese toddler shocks his mom and the Internet by appearing to levitate

At first glance, the kid in this photo looks to be floating in air, and at second glance…he still looks to be floating.

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How old is too old for a boy to go into the women’s hot spring bath in Japan?

Child development expert weighs in on the tricky question, offers a solution from Japan’s samurai-era past.

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Japanese elementary school students discovering “channel of the dead” on their TVs

Kids are spreading the word that a “magic button” on some remotes opens a gateway between the living and the dead.

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Harsh retribution for school bullies using Japanese law suggested on Twitter, but it’ll take time

They say revenge is a dish best served cold, and it doesn’t get much colder than this.

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Things get awkward as cosplayer’s dad learns to double-check his suitcase before business trips

Speech preparation goes down the drain, but at least he was ready for some crossplay.

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Tokyo train adding family-only cars to evening commuter express in March

Test program reserves space for parents traveling with kids, would possibly mean fewer crying babies on adult-accessible carriages.

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Tokyo Olympic committee comes up with clever way to let blind children help select Games’ mascots

Organizers find a way to let vision-impaired kids express their opinion of which of the adorable characters best represents Japan.

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Japanese mom finds diabolically clever way to crack down on son’s excessive video gaming

Worried your kids will find a way around parental hardware locks? Then get a lock from a hardware store.

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Flush with New Year’s present cash, Japanese kids can now look forward to…saving it

No need to worry about them spending it all in one place when they aren’t going to spend any of it.

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Japanese elementary schools’ list of behavior requirements would be hard for most adults to clear

Over a dozen conduct pointers cover everything from shoes to interpersonal relationships.

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Japanese American tells of how she was teased in school, and the touching way her mom stepped up

Young Melodee didn’t want to take Japanese-style lunches to school after being teased by classmates, but her mother had the perfect solution.

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“Scholar” tops list of what Japanese boys want to be when they grow up, “restauranteur” for girls

Boy’s sporting ambitions slide in survey as girls stick with the same favorite for the 21st year running.

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Elementary schoolgirl’s Frozen “Let It Go” lip-synch performance is like nothing you’ve ever seen

This girl and her friends put on an unforgettable performance that’s making people smile around the world.

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Twitter user’s photo comparison blows up the idealized image of Japanese motherhood

Manga artist says motherhood has fewer about quiet moments, more about sudden impacts than people imagine.

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Japanese father worries his son is being bullied at school, gets a dirty, funny surprise instead

Cause of middle schooler’s depression is linked to one of teens’ deepest sources of joy.

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