Infants in Japan receive all of the attention that a mother can provide. However, it does not last indefinitely. In fact, when a child reaches the age of four, he or she stops receiving attention. A child can ride the train alone to school starting at this age, and they are also given different odd jobs from their parents, such as going to the store to get groceries, on their own.
Kids are given time during the day to sweep and clean classrooms and hallways in addition to when they are at school. All of this, Japanese parents believe, teaches their children independence and responsibility.