Episode 18: Steep price hikes for baby items 

Crying newborns and sleep deprivation? New parents now have yet another challenge to grapple with: steep price hikes for baby items.

Three Kyodo News journalists – Yamaguchi-san, Eduardo and Su-san – talk about the pressure felt by parents as prices go up for baby essentials like diapers and formula. Su-san, a new mother herself, recounts how costs have risen since having her son last year, and the three also ponder if inflation could discourage more young people from having kids.

Article mentioned in the podcast:

Families with babies in Japan facing steeper price hikes

Kyodo News presents a bilingual podcast for English learners about the ins and outs of news writing and how to translate tricky Japanese phrases into English. Have fun listening to journalists discuss recent articles as they occasionally go off on unrelated tangents.

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A newborn baby is pictured at a hospital in Kumamoto in December 2022. (Kyodo)