Japanese parents have a lot of trouble letting go of mommy’s little boy and daddy’s little girl when they go off to university. They tend to go with them, reports Asahi Shimbun.
Officials at universities across the country are flabbergasted at the level of pampering some parents bestow on their children.
For example, a phone rings at a university staff room and the person who picks it up is stunned to hear the caller ask:
“Could you tell when and where we can buy textbooks?”
The call is not from a student; it’s from a parent.
Commenters at GaijinPot observe that as Japanese parents have fewer children, universities have to lower their standards to fill their seats. Pampered, passive students have a better chance of getting into college.