I'm not very active on these boards, but I'm a long-time listener to JPod101.
I study Japanese at university, and am in the middle of a culture assignment. I've narrowed my topic down to parenting in Japan with an often absent father (especially tanshinfunin) and an overprotective mother who puts most of her effort into her child's education, and what it does to the child (social maladjustment, stress, parental violence, refusing to go to school).
However, I don't really know what my discussion could be about. What would be the obvious?
I have several studies on how it negatively effects the children to not have a father to teach them "fatherly stuff" such as socialization, moral, right and wrong etc., as Japanese mothers seem to be unable to take this role (dates back from pre WWII, I guess, where the father was in the house more, and the wife would just... take care of the house).
Hoping for some help Let me know if you need me to elaborate on something.