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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Experts cite extreme pressures to succeed as one of the reasons for a high prevalence of suicide among Korean-Americans. Photo illustration: Huy Truong

How a deadly US epidemic is fuelled by Korean mental health taboo

  • Ethnic Koreans in the US are taking their own lives at disproportionately high levels
  • Despite moving, Korean immigrants still have to deal with a cultural stigma about mental health treatment and face extreme pressure to succeed
Topic |   South Korea

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Experts cite extreme pressures to succeed as one of the reasons for a high prevalence of suicide among Korean-Americans. Photo illustration: Huy Truong
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