Aug 30, 2017

South Korea's fertility rate plunges to seven-year low

South Korea's fertility rate plunged to a seven-year low in 2016, official statistics showed Wednesday, with more women delaying marriage in the highly competitive, workaholic country. The average number of babies a South Korean woman is expected to have in her lifetime dropped to 1.17 ...

Apr 10, 2017

Infant botulism claims 6-month-old Tokyo boy who was fed honey

A 6-month-old boy in Adachi Ward, Tokyo, died late last month of infant botulism after his family fed him honey, according to the metropolitan government. Metropolitan officials said it was the first death caused by infant botulism in Japan since 1986, when the government began ...

/ Mar 10, 2017

Tokyo infant mauled to death by pet dog

A 10-month-old girl mauled by a pet dog died in Hachioji, Tokyo on Thursday, according to the police. The dog was a pet kept by the girl's grandparents. At around 4:35 p.m., Midori Yasuda was suddenly attacked by a 4-year-old male golden retriever when she ...

Mar 6, 2017

Japan's second baby hatch postponed

The planned establishment of Japan's second baby hatch, a place where people can anonymously leave unwanted babies, in Kobe has been put off, according to the nonprofit organization preparing to manage the facility. The NPO said Monday that it notified the Kobe Municipal Government and ...

Oct 27, 2016

Steps afoot to introduce liquid baby formula to Japanese market

Japan is finally getting ready to open the way for the production and sale of ready-to-use liquid baby formula, which is likely to help reduce the burden on families raising children. The government will ask industry groups to submit data needed for setting safety standards ...