Babies comfort the elderly, and moms benefit as well

Sep 5, 2013

Babies comfort the elderly, and moms benefit as well

The moment the babies, cradled in their mothers’ arms, entered the room, a round of cheerful “oohs” and “aahs” gushed from the elderly whose faces until then had been expressionless. Some smiled and some opened their eyes wide as they looked at the babies. ...

Schools now teach boys about home skills

Sep 2, 2013

Schools now teach boys about home skills

For many young Japanese men, homemaking has become a necessary skill as they redefine their roles as husbands and fathers. More men in their 30s and younger are taking housework for granted since home economics classes became mandatory in junior and senior high school ...

Elderly homeowners and needy lodgers could be a perfect match

Jul 2, 2013

Elderly homeowners and needy lodgers could be a perfect match

The practice of young people becoming lodgers in the homes of elderly people is undergoing a revival, thanks to the rapid aging of the population. Sachio Yamamoto, 83, accepted Shusuke Kondo, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Fukui, as a boarder in his ...

Firms find single moms make good managers

Jun 5, 2013

Firms find single moms make good managers

Raising a family as a single, working mother is a challenging task. But the qualities of determination and motivation that these mothers develop as they juggle family life and work have drawn the attention of many small and medium-size firms and foreign companies in ...

Sep 8, 2011

Outlooks on work and life altered by quake

The March earthquake and tsunami devastated the landscape as well as the lives and livelihoods of people in the northeast. But the effect of the catastrophe went well beyond that as it had a significant psychological impact on other Japanese who did not get ...

Post-3/11, women seek matrimonial bonds

Jun 2, 2011

Post-3/11, women seek matrimonial bonds

In the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, some people scrambled to stock up on emergency supplies. Others flocked to buy energy-saving devices as power outages loomed. Amid the heightened sense of insecurity, a growing number of women also had their minds ...

More men turning to homemaking

Feb 17, 2011

More men turning to homemaking

As public perceptions of traditional gender roles shift, more Japanese men are willing to take on homemaking. Some opinion polls show most males in their 20s and 30s have no negative notions of men serving as househusbands. Working around the house instead of holding ...

More firms let staff take leave to chase their dreams

Dec 21, 2010

More firms let staff take leave to chase their dreams

While it is not uncommon for Japanese firms to let workers take leave to start a family or care for an ailing relative, a growing number of firms are instituting measures to assist employee efforts to pursue personal aspirations. Companies are trying to fulfill ...

Jul 22, 2010

Mayor champions paternity leave

Months before a legal change to promote paternity leave takes effect, one local authority stunned the public by taking about two weeks off work in April to look after his newborn son. The move by Hironobu Narisawa, the 44-year-old mayor of Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, ...

Jan 30, 2010

Abuse of elderly up, said often unintended

Abuse of elderly people has been increasing physically, psychologically, economically and in neglect of required nursing care. Some families also do not understand what dementia is and become victimizers. One one incident in which a neighbor reported apparent abuse to a local government, an ...