Tag - children



The European Union plans to investigate TikTok, the video-sharing app owned by China's ByteDance, regarding its possible negative impacts on young people.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 20, 2024
EU launches probe into TikTok over alleged failure to protect children
Brussels is concerned the video-sharing app may not be doing enough to address negative impacts on young people including from algorithmically fed content.
The government plans to establish a system that allows any child to enroll in day care establishments regardless of whether their parents work or not.
Feb 16, 2024
Japan's Cabinet OKs bill on measures to tackle falling birthrate
The bill includes plans to expand child benefits and establish a system allowing any child to enroll in day care establishments.
Pedestrians in Piazza Cordusio in Milan. Europe's fertility rate has been stuck around 1.5 births per woman for the past decade.
Feb 16, 2024
How Europe can dodge a birth rate hard landing
Europe's fertility rate has been stuck around 1.5 births per woman for the past decade, far short of the 2.1 needed to maintain population levels.
Under a proposed joint custody system, if parents cannot reach an agreement, a family court would make a decision based on the interests of the child and family relations.
Feb 15, 2024
Government panel proposes allowing joint child custody
Based on the report from the Legislative Council, the government plans to submit a related bill during the ongoing ordinary session of parliament.
Children play at a park during the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong, in 2022.
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 14, 2024
New research raises concerns about long COVID in children
The new review suggested that 10% to 20% of children in the United States who had COVID-19 developed long COVID.
Shiki Nakayama at a snow-covered baseball field in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, last month. Nakayama grew up watching her older brother’s exploits on the diamond and first picked up a bat and ball in elementary school.
Feb 9, 2024
Meet the Gen Zer in Japan who is forging a path for girls in baseball
For 16-year-old Shiki Nakayama, it's no big deal that she's the only girl on her high school baseball team.
The hippocampus is a part of the brain that controls memory, learning and emotions. Stressful life events such as disasters and terrorist attacks are known to lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and result in its shrinkage.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 9, 2024
Tokyo teens were less stressed during first COVID emergency: study
Increases in the volume of the hippocampus in their brains suggest reduced stress, according to research conducted by the University of Tokyo.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, attends a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Wednesday.
Feb 5, 2024
Zuckerberg’s apology isn’t enough to stop children being harmed
META's CEO apologized to the families of children abused via social media, but real regulation is needed for such harm to be avoided in the first place.
Many young people who feel neglected at home flock to the Toyoko area to find a community where they can fit in.
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Feb 5, 2024
Toyoko Kids: The lonely street children of Tokyo
Bound together by shared neglect and marginalization, the group have formed a distinct, social media-linked youth subculture on the streets of Shinjuku.
People sort relief supplies, including sanitary napkins, diapers and baby formula, in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Sunday, over a month after a New Year's Day quake hit the area.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 5, 2024
Emergency maternity and baby supplies lacking in parts of Japan
The study showed that while 82.5% of municipalities stocked sanitary napkins, only 11.9% kept underwear for women.
The number of teachers who took leave due to mental illness had fluctuated at around 5,000 in recent years, but it surged by more than 1,300 in two years since fiscal 2020.
Feb 3, 2024
Number of teachers on leave for mental illness in Japan hits record high
The figure for the year to last March was up 642 from the previous year, marking the second straight annual increase.
Jason Citron, Evan Spiegel, Shou Zi Chew, Linda Yaccarino and Mark Zuckerberg are sworn in as they testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on Wednesday.
Feb 1, 2024
Senators slam social media CEOs on child online safety
"These companies must be reined in, or the worst is yet to come”
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerbeg. In October, more than 30 states sued Meta, alleging its social media apps were feeding harmful content to youth.
Jan 31, 2024
Social media CEOs brace for child safety scrutiny: Here's what to expect
Evidence suggests that excessive use of social media and harmful content may damage mental health.
The family law subcommittee of the Legislative Council, at the Justice Ministry on Tuesday
Jan 30, 2024
Government to submit bill allowing joint custody after divorce
The draft outline calls for a new provision obliging both parents to respect each other, and for divorce negotiations to determine parental authority.
Yuta (left) and Masumi Aoki stand in front of their food truck in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, on Nov. 29. The couple, whose son died at a pediatric center following a yearlong battle with leukemia, are trying to support distraught and worn-down families by providing nutritious and well-balanced homemade meals.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 30, 2024
Couple provide homemade meals to support families of sick children
Yuta and Masumi Aoki's son Kazuma died at a pediatric center following a yearlong battle with leukemia.
Mesut Hancer holds the hand of his 15-year-old daughter Irmak, who died in a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, the day after the quake struck the country's southeast, on Feb. 7, 2023.
Jan 29, 2024
'Time has stopped': Grieving father relives Turkish quake
An image of Mesut Hancer's daughter Irmak, lying dead among debris, was picked up by world media.
Aissam Dam, 11, the first person to receive gene therapy in the U.S. for congenital deafness, signs to an interpreter during an interview at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Jan. 16.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 28, 2024
'Game changer': Gene therapy offers hope for children born deaf
The treatment focuses on a rare genetic mutation that affects only a small number of the 26 million people with congenital deafness globally.
Classes resume at Midorigaoka Junior High School in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Monday, three weeks after a massive earthquake hit the area. Many seats, however, remained empty as some students have temporarily relocated to Kanazawa.
Jan 22, 2024
Elementary and junior high schools reopen as quake recovery continues
All 20 elementary and junior high schools that closed in the city of Suzu and the town of Noto after the quake have recommenced normal activities.
Daisuke Hironaka, deputy head of Ikuno Komorebi Hoikuen, teaches Japanese to children at the day care in Osaka's Ikuno Ward.
COMMUNITY / Issues / The Foreign Element
Jan 22, 2024
An Osaka nursery is going the extra mile to stop Vietnamese kids falling behind
Getting children new to the country familiar with the Japanese language before heading to elementary school is crucial.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation