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Mothers with young children being turned away from local assemblies

Japanese mothers with little option except to bring their babies or toddlers with them when they visit the gallery sections at prefectural and municipal assemblies are in many instances being turned away. About 40 percent of prefectural and municipal assemblies prohibit such mothers from attending even though many of the ...

Survey suggests weak parent-child relations in Japan

Aug 29, 2015

Survey suggests weak parent-child relations in Japan

A survey by a Japanese government-affiliated organization indicates that parent-child relations in Japan are weaker than those in the United States, China and South Korea. According to the survey, conducted among high school students in the four countries by the National Institution for Youth ...

Aug 24, 2015

Government wants condo resident groups to play anti-disaster role

The government has asked municipalities across the country to involve associations of condominium residents in local disaster-prevention activities. The request by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry reflects weakening relations within communities, especially in cities, as neighborhood associations do not connect local people as ...

New program gives troubled teens a chance at social rehabilitation

Aug 19, 2015

New program gives troubled teens a chance at social rehabilitation

A 16-year-old parolee was sent to a social welfare facility in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward in late July to volunteer for social service as part of his rehabilitation. “Please clean this corridor,” instructed 72-year-old Ritsuko Noda, a probation officer and human rights commissioner representing the ...