Office worker, 35
I moved here from the U.K. when my son was 4. Kids do seem encouraged to express themselves here, but in their teens they are suddenly encouraged to conform.
I have never been abroad, but I know Japan has a great diet and therefore healthy children. Also there are so many play areas for children in Japanese cities.
Graphic designer, 32
I don’t think Japan is a great place to raise kids. Education is expensive, and when this is added to general living costs, life can be a struggle for young families.
Japan has always been considered a safe country. However, these days I don’t feel it is anymore. Also, insurance for children is really expensive.
Japanese teacher, 33
Since the birthrate is now dangerously low, councils are being pressured to take action to encourage young families. Support services are being set up in local areas.
The education system is great until junior high school, but then parents in Japan seem to place all parenting responsibility on the school. This seems strange.