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Japanese youth’s mental well-being a concern as many report low satisfaction levels

TOKYO — Though physically healthy, Japan’s children have been suffering from a poor mental state, according to a well-being report released by UNICEF in 2020. The survey, which compared the levels of happiness in children from 38 countries, saw Japan rank first for physical health, but 37th for mental well-being.    In addition to high suicide rates among young people,….Read more

  • June 29, 2022
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Japan enacts law to launch new agency to tackle children’s issues

TOKYO — Japan’s parliament on Wednesday enacted legislation to set up a new government agency to oversee children-related policies as the country tries to tackle increasingly complex issues such as child abuse.   The new organization, expected to be named the “children and families agency,” is due to launch in April 2023. It will unify policies across multiple government ministries and entities to….Read more

  • June 15, 2022
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Japan lower house OKs bill to launch agency for children

Tokyo, May 17 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to set up a government agency for children and families, a signature policy of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.     At a plenary meeting, the lower chamber of the Diet, the country’s parliament, approved the bill by a majority vote with support from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, its….Read more

  • May 17, 2022
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Japan’s child population declines for 41 years in row

Tokyo, May 4 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s estimated population of children under 15 years old as of April 1 fell by 250,000 from a year earlier to 14.65 million, marking the 41st consecutive year of decline, the internal affairs ministry said Wednesday before Thursday’s Children’s Day in the country.   The latest figure, the lowest since comparable data began in 1950, is….Read more

  • May 4, 2022
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Draft bill not to include 18- and 19-year-olds’ right to back out of adult video contract

By Hisanaga Ryuichi   With the revised Civil Code that came into force in April, lowering the legal age of adulthood to 18, there arose the issue of young adults aged 18 and 19 who appear in adult videos not being able any longer to abrogate contracts on the grounds that they are “underage.”   On April 20, the ruling….Read more

  • April 21, 2022
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Japan’s Hara tops U.S. ballet contest for young dancers

New York, April 19 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Asuka Hara, 11, has won the first place in the pre-competitive division at the Youth America Grand Prix international ballet competition for young dancers.     In the announcement Tuesday of the final-round results of the contest held in Tampa, Florida, the girl from Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, eastern Japan, received “Hope Award” for the best dancer….Read more

  • April 20, 2022
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Rebels with the cause of escaping unjust school rules

Last year a 19-year-old Tokyo woman filed an unusual lawsuit seeking compensation from her high school for emotional distress she suffered in her senior year. She claims to have been hounded by its administrators to drop out or face expulsion for flouting the ban on dating. The high school, which is known for demanding students adhere to strict “ethical principles,”….Read more

  • April 7, 2022
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Support for forced porn victims seen harder after adult age lowering

Tokyo, April 4 (Jiji Press)–The lowering of the legal age of adulthood in Japan on Friday has sparked concerns that it may be more difficult to support women under 20 who are coerced into appearing in pornographic videos.   Last year, nonprofit group Paps received 81 consultations about forced appearances in porn, with 20 of them from people below 20,….Read more

  • April 4, 2022
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Japan’s first nationwide child advocacy group launched to prevent abuse

FUKUOKA — Japan’s first nationwide organization promoting the popularization of “child advocacy,” a movement by individuals and groups to speak for the best interests of children suffering from abuse and other conditions to protect their rights, was launched on March 27, with the headquarters set in this southwest Japan city.   Child advocacy is active in the U.K. and other….Read more

  • March 31, 2022
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