National Topics

Mar 31, 2016

Foster parents allowed child care leave under new law

Foster parents seeking to adopt a child will be allowed to take child care leave from next January under a new law enacted by the Diet this week. Before the legal revision, only biological and adoptive parents were granted a basic one-year leave from ...

Support services on rise for Japan's new moms

Mar 28, 2016

Support services on rise for Japan's new moms

New mothers in Japan can now seek help with household tasks as well as pre- and postnatal care amid a growing number of support organizations. One such group, Sai-Mama, was started by Mika Okada, a midwife who also runs Sakura Maternity Center in Saitama ...

Ishinomaki to turn Okawa Elementary ruins into 3/11 monument

Mar 27, 2016

Ishinomaki to turn Okawa Elementary ruins into 3/11 monument

An elementary school where more than 80 pupils and teachers lost their lives as the 2011 tsunami washed out Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, will be preserved to remember what happened and improve the city’s disaster preparedness, the mayor said. Public opinion was split about whether ...