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Japan's Perennial Baby Stroller War

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 23, 2019 • Tagged with women, mothers, children, child care

Some moms don't regard Japan as a friendly place to raise kids - and attitudes towards baby strollers have become symbolic of their dissatisfaction.

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"Rape Paradise": Father's Absolution in Rape of 12-Year-Old Daughter Sparks Backlash

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 08, 2019 • Tagged with crime, feminism, women's rights, children

Critics in Japan are calling out their country's judicial system after a series of rape cases are thrown out - and one case in particular has advocates in an uproar.

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Japan Considers Compensation for Forced Sterilization Under Eugenics Law

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 28, 2019 • Tagged with children, human rights, health, society, equality

Japan's eugenics law remained on the books until 1996. Now, the victims are fighting back - and the country's government grapples for a formal response.

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Is Japan Too Deferential to Parents? Advocates Speak Out After 10-Year-Old's Death

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 31, 2019 • Tagged with children, violence, crime, society, law, domestic violence

A second high-profile death of an abused child leaves experts questioning why Japan gives so much credence to the wishes of parents over children.