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Feature: 1st nationwide survey sheds light on young carers in Japan

TOKYO — Yukiko Okimura was just 11 years old when her mother, a single parent, was left paralyzed by a traffic accident on her way to work in Kanagawa Prefecture, west of Tokyo, in 2001.   A tragic upheaval already in the life of any elementary school kid, what made it doubly transformative for Okimura was suddenly finding herself taking on….Read more

  • May 2, 2021
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Feature: More young people look to Marx amid pandemic, climate crisis

TOKYO – As the global challenge of climate change mounts and the coronavirus pandemic magnifies economic inequalities, Karl Marx, who pointed to the contradictions and limitations of capitalism, is gaining new admirers in Japan, particularly among the young.   The boom has been ignited by a 34-year-old associate professor at Osaka City University who reimagined the theory expounded in the….Read more

  • May 5, 2021
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Number of children in Japan down for 40 yrs in row

Tokyo, May 4 (Jiji Press)–The estimated number of children aged under 15 in Japan as of April 1 dropped by 190,000 from a year before to 14.93 million, down for the 40th consecutive year, the internal affairs ministry said Tuesday.   The estimated figure hit the lowest level since comparable data became available in 1950. The ministry released the estimate….Read more

  • May 4, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 5:43 p.m.
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Life after foster care no bed of roses for many

By Tomohiro Hamada, staff writer   A childhood spent in foster care leaves many youngsters totally unprepared for the realities of fending for themselves when the time comes to strike out on their own to look for work and take on the responsibilities of adulthood.   For some with nothing in the way of decent savings, their daily situation can….Read more

  • May 1, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 4:41 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Tokyo Report: Suicide increasing among women, minors in Japan

Tokyo, April 26 (Jiji Press)–More women and children are dying by suicide in Japan due to economic difficulties and changes in life amid the novel coronavirus crisis.     Last year, 20,919 people killed themselves, an increase of 750, or 3.7 pct, from 2019, according to a preliminary report by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. The increase was the….Read more

  • April 26, 2021
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Editorial: Society must assist ‘young carers’ struggling under heavy family burden

Situations in which children and young people bear a heavy burden of providing care for family members, and have their studies and lives affected as a result, must not be overlooked. It is important for local governments and relevant organizations to cooperate to provide them with appropriate assistance.   The government has released the results of the first nationwide survey….Read more

  • April 26, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 3:17 p.m.
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Student questions Japan’s climate reduction target

A Japanese university student is questioning the government’s new target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.   Nakamura Suzuka, who is a member of the international youth climate movement Fridays for Future, attended the Lower House committee meeting as an observer on Friday.   The movement emerged after Swedish activist Greta Thunberg began skipping school every Friday in 2018 to bring….Read more


Editorial: Young people caring for family members need greater support

There is growing attention in Japan to young people who regularly look after family members who require care because of illness, aging or other reasons.   These young caregivers may have to do most of the household chores as their parents are ill, for example, or take care of their brothers and sisters. Or they may need to attend to….Read more

  • April 22, 2021
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Children with foreign roots a growing social issue in Japan

Nearly 4 percent of children living in group homes for youngsters across Japan have at least one parent with foreign roots, forcing staff members to confront issues they were not initially trained to handle, an Asahi Shimbun study shows.   The welfare ministry began a nationwide survey on children of foreign ancestry at children’s institutions last year due to a lack of official….Read more

  • April 18, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:28 p.m.
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Gone before the intermission, “digital natives” no time for the likes of “Seven Samurai”

As a self-proclaimed movie buff, Miharu Takagi was shocked to discover that she couldn’t concentrate long enough to watch the La La Land at a premier in 2016 even though she’d been looking forward to seeing it for many months. The 27-year-old Tokyoite began to feel the 128-minute-long musical romantic comedy was “way too long” even before it was half….Read more

  • April 15, 2021
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