Parenting

Utada Hikaru’s son says he doesn’t like being called “handsome,” J-pop star has wise advice

Sometimes the simplest reaction can feel like the hardest.

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“I need to talk with you,” Japanese worker tells boss, gets sweet reaction to “serious” problem

Boss fears the worst, shows that he’s the best.

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Canadian reporter in Tokyo impressed by the transportational efficiency of Japan’s mama chari

Who needs a car when you can fit this many kids on your chari when running errands?

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Why does a ’90s Japanese drama theme song calm crying babies? An acoustics expert explains

Who would have thought the theme song to Great Teacher Onizuka would actually be good for babies?

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Japanese dad turns ordinary photos of his daughter into amazing fantasy world scenes【Photos】

Image editing transports her from the living room to a world of amazing beauty and magical creatures.

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Japanese Mom’s son makes Mario Maker course just for her, easy to clear, impossible to forget【Vid】

Mom and young son exchange touching messages via Nintendo platformer.

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What happens when our reporters show up to work dressed like their fathers?

What could go wrong if we give our reporters free access to their dads’ closets?

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Japanese mom’s ugly curry rice has a beautiful backstory【Photos】

Sure, there are onions in there, but this curry rice brings a tear to the eye for a different reason.

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Japanese dad supports kid’s dream of becoming a dragon that school nixed, kid changes mind anyway

New dream still has plenty of fantasy to it, though.

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Hands on with New Pokémon Snap! Is the Poké-photo game fun to play with your kids?

Our littlest reporter, and her daddy, pay a visit to The Pokémon Company to play the new game prior to its release.

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Meet Aloma: the Japanese male idol group cheering on moms through the trials of child-rearing

A truly one-of-a-kind boy band.

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“My dad was like Gendo.” How does the final Evangelion movie resolve the series’ true conflict?

Our Eva fan grew up with a dad like the one Shinji is stuck with, so how does he feel after watching Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time?

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Mom of Japanese gamer son has sniper-precise criticism of his Apex Legends habit

Maybe Mom was the real legend all along.

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Does Tokyo need a legal limit on kids’ video game playing time? Governor gives opinion

One year after Kagawa capped kids’ playtime, will Tokyo follow suit?

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Kids in Hikari are raised under Boob Childrearing concepts.

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Mom in Japan finds notebook filled with messages of love from schoolgirl daughter who passed away

Tsubaki knew her time was running out, and she wanted to leave her mom words that she’ll always remember.

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Tokyo’s latest plan to boost birth rate: Pay people 100,000 yen per baby they give birth to

Critics are already calling the idea shortsighted.

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Words of wisdom to live by from a simple Japanese father for Coming of Age Day

Our writer received a heartfelt message from his father on his Coming of Age Day 23 years ago which he would now like to share with you.

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Three-year-old Japanese girl loves Grand Theft Auto, dad says it’s a great game for kids

Don’t hate the game just because of what most players do.

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Japanese kid asks if Santa is real, gets a detailed, heartwarming response

One person can’t deliver presents to all the kids of the world, but maybe that’s not a sad thing after all.

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