Tag - single-mothers



To qualify for the advance payment offered by the city of Saitama, the single parent must reside in the city and fulfill several other criteria.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 6, 2024
Saitama aids single parents with advance child support payments
The city will offer a maximum amount of ¥50,000 per month per child to the affected parent for up to three months, and seek reimbursement from the former spouse.
Things may look perfect to the outside world, but today's mom is fine with some imperfection at home.
JAPAN / Society / Longform
May 11, 2024
How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan
Five years into the Reiwa Era and the challenges Japan's moms face are unique, though the qualities that help them persevere haven't changed a bit.
Making things work as a foreign, single mother in Japan isn't easy, but these tips and tricks can help you through the hardest parts.
Apr 28, 2024
Raising kids in Japan as a single parent? It takes a village.
As with for any single parent, life can present challenges. For those times, you'll need to learn resilience, perseverance and attention to detail.
"The Ones Left Behind" documents the successes and struggles of single mothers in Japan.
PODCAST / deep dive
Nov 2, 2023
Why single mothers in Japan have been left behind
Filmmaker Rionne McAvoy joins us to discuss the hidden poverty present in one of the world’s richest nations.
Vagaries in Japanese law mean single mothers are sometimes left without financial support from their former partners.
Oct 23, 2023
Documentary shines a spotlight on Japan’s single mothers
"The Ones Left Behind" explores the successes and struggles of single mothers in modern Japan.
South Korean lesbian couple Kim Kyu-jin (left) and her wife, Kim Sae-yeon, pose with a "pregnant woman" badge during an interview in Seoul last month.
Aug 6, 2023
South Korea couple beat same-sex barriers to parenthood
To fight its abysmal birthrate, Seoul offers fertility treatments, cash bonuses and free child care, but only for straight, married couples.
Vivian Tung eats her first meal since the egg retrieval surgery. Tung is one of a rising number of women in Taiwan opting to freeze their eggs to give them the option to have a child later in life.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Aug 2, 2023
A rising number of women in Taiwan are freezing their eggs
Demand for egg freezing has surged, with the number of women opting for the technology up 86% over the past three years.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Dec 21, 2021
Jikei Hospital grapples with how to protect women seeking confidential births
A hospital in Kumamoto wants babies to be born safely while protecting their mother's privacy — but legal and administrative obstacles put it at risk.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2021
Paid maternity leave saves lives
Without paid leave, mothers often return to work before they are healthy enough to do so, resulting in a ripple effect of postpartum health complications.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 16, 2021
Government panel warns of widening gender gap in Japan due to pandemic
In a report, the panel of experts said the crisis has led to an increase in domestic violence cases and suicides among women, while also hitting them harder financially.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Feb 12, 2021
Is Japan's national payment for childbirth sufficient?
While the country provides a lump sum for mothers to assist with childbirth costs, some are finding it doesn't stretch far enough as a result of pandemic pressures.
Japan Times
Feb 4, 2021
China’s latest celebrity scandal hits a raw nerve
The ex-boyfriend of popular Chinese actress Zheng Shuang said on social media that she had abandoned him with two surrogate children in the U.S.
Japan Times
Jan 8, 2021
Japanese obstetrician fights for 'confidential births' amid apathy
Takeshi Hasuda wants his Jikei Hospital in Kumamoto to lessen the number of dangerous home births by offering women an anonymous service.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 9, 2020
Tokyo mom who left daughter to starve to death sent to prosecutors
Saki Kakehashi has admitted leaving Noa at their apartment for eight days in early June while with her boyfriend in Kagoshima Prefecture, according to police.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 8, 2020
Tokyo mother arrested after daughter, 3, died after week on her own
Autopsy results showed Noa died from severe dehydration and hunger.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Jul 3, 2020
Japan's single mothers and female workers hard hit by coronavirus
As nationwide unemployment continues to rise, 710,000 of the 970,000-person decrease in nonregular workers compared to last April were women.
Japan Times
Jul 2, 2020
Japan adopts policies aimed at empowering women and aiding single moms
Last year, Japan ranked 121st among 153 countries in the World Economic Forum's gender-gap rankings.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 1, 2020
Japan to mull law revision to ensure child support payments
A private panel advising the government is also calling for creating an environment where all new fathers can take paternity leave.
Japan Times
Jun 1, 2020
Japan lawmakers work to ensure payment of child support after divorce
The Diet members are stepping up efforts to address an increasing number of cases of unpaid child support.
Japan Times
May 31, 2020
Single-parent support group in Japan urges more aid to offset income drops from pandemic
Nearly 70 percent of single-parent families have reported or are expecting their income to drop during the coronavirus pandemic, a recent survey says.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals