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Experts Try to Calm Concerns Over Tap Water for Infants in Toyko

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Reports spread across the globe that radiation levels in tap water have risen to more than twice the recommended levels for infants. Credit: AP Despite growing anxiety caused by Tokyo's tap water e...
Some experts are urging parents not to panic for at least six months.

Are You Talking to Your Kids About the Earthquake in Japan?

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Some parents like to inform their offspring about current events, even those that are truly terrible, while others prefer not to mention such disasters.
When readers were asked if they were talking to t...

Japanese Babies Compete in Crying Sumo Contest

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Sometimes being a cry baby is a good thing. At the annual Naki Sumo (crying baby contest) in Japan, Sumo wrestlers and high priests encourage babies to a hysterical state of screaming and ...

Was Princess Aiko of Japan a Victim of Bullying?

Princess Aiko might be the victim of bullying. Credit: Shuji Kajiyama, AP
The next time your child comes home and complains of being bullied, you can say it happens to everyone. Even a real-life princess. The BBC reports that 8-year-old Prin...

Japanese Dad Takes Test for Son

Parents want their children to do well. They also, it seems, generally enjoy the company of their offspring. Sometimes, however, these desires can lead to bad choices on the part of parents. There are helicopter parents, stage moms, and, now, this da...

Boy drives to Grandma's house - alone

File this one away in the 'scary but true' annals. Recently, a nine-year-old boy drove to his grandma's house unattended (not that attended would be much better!). The boy, of Gifu in Japan, claimed he learned how to drive from watching his father a...

Woman jailed for killing virtual husband

Even pretend marriages can go horribly wrong -- a Japanese woman engaged in an online game "killed" her virtual husband following their virtual divorce, and how she's been arrested on the suspicion of hacking. The game, called "Maple Story," lets ...

Japan's oldest surrogate carried her own grandchild

At sixty-one years old, she wasn't the world's oldest woman to give birth, but she was, apparently, the oldest surrogate mother in a country where surrogacy is banned by the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the group that oversees such mat...

Fast thinking moms stop crimes with kindness

When you have a guest in your home, Miss Manners says that the polite thing to do is to offer them a refreshment. And though she never said anything about being polite to intruders, two moms recently thwarted intruders by offering their attackers som...

Peach flavored placenta

Eager for the great taste of placenta but not planning on giving birth any time soon? Well, have no fear, the Japanese have come through for you. Nihon Sofuken offers Placenta 1000, a peach-flavored, jelly drink that contains 10,000mg of placenta in ...

Teen named pen-spinning king

A sixteen year-old Japanese boy has been crowned the king of pen-spinning. Rkuyi Omura a high school student was named champion of a, uhm pastime, I guess you'd call it. Pen-spinning occurs when a pen is maneuvered between the hand, little finger...

39-year-old man poses as "girl"

A thirty-nine year-old man has been arrested in Japan for causing a ruckus at a local high school . Tetsonori Nanpei of Tokyo was arrested after dressing like a girl and trying to blend in at the school, where he'd fled after being detected. Accor...

Potty-training, Japanese style

There are a lot of things I truly admire about the Japanese culture. My bathroom is an homage to Japanese style and when designing it, I studied books and websites and consulted with experts in order to get it just right. There are also a lot of thin...

60-year-old woman impregnated

For a number of reasons, including ethical concerns, surrogate births and artificial insemination are rare in Japan. And although it isn't illegal for single women to have these procedures, births from donated eggs are restricted to married couples a...

Ottoman Cradle

If your little one is a little too little for the Audi pedal car I wrote about earlier, perhaps this cradle might be more appropriate. It dates back to the 18th century and comes from the Ottoman Empire (precursor, sort of, to modern-day Turkey) wher...

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