A student and her mother enter a school in Kawasaki, Japan. Photo: Reuters

In Japan, rising numbers of parents are harming their children. Why?

  • A spate of shocking attacks on youngsters by their carers has left Japan struggling to comprehend the reasons in a society known for its low crime rate
  • The culture of competition among mothers and breakdown of traditional living arrangements have been blamed, but as one expert says, ‘it’s complicated’
Topic |   Japan

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A student and her mother enter a school in Kawasaki, Japan. Photo: Reuters
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.