Archive for April, 2011

23-year-old man arrested over death of girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter

Posted on April 24, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

A 23-year-old man from Satte in Saitama Prefecture, has been arrested over the death of the 2-year-old daughter of his 22-year-old girlfriend with whom he was living.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Yoshihito Nakazawa, allegedly committed several acts of assault on the infant, including punching her in the stomach on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the child lost consciousness in the bathroom and was rushed to hospital where she died a short time later.

Nakazawa was quoted by police as saying, “She wouldn’t listen to what I said, so I did it to try and teach her some discipline.”

An autopsy has been ordered to establish the exact cause of death.

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Children First at the Tokugawa Parade on April 10th in Okazaki

Posted on April 23, 2011. Filed under: Uplifting Stories | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Children First was handing out balloons and asking parents to take a pledge to provide for the happiness and welfare of children.

Children First Pledge

To all children,

I pledge

            To always show you compassion,

            To ensure your basic physical and psychological needs,

            To shelter you from violence,

            To defend your rights, and

            To be a positive role model.

In short, I pledge that the happiness and welfare of all children will be my top priority.

                        With love,

                        A Former Child.

To learn more please visit or check out the children first facebook page.

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20th Anniversary Walkathon International Charity Festival

Posted on April 22, 2011. Filed under: Orphanages, Uplifting Stories | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Moricoro Park (Nagoya)

2011 brings the ACCJNIS Walkathon and International Charity Festival into its 20th year. Over the past years this event has been a huge success and has become the largest annual international event in Nagoya and Chubu area.  And with the 20th Anniversary, we are taking it to a new location at the 2005 Expo Aichi Commemorative Park or Moricoro Park as it is now known.

This annual event brings together well over two thousand members of the International and Japanese communities to support the vital work being conducted by local NPOs and charitable organizations.

The Walkathon has also been successful in raising money for local charities and last year the Walkathon Committee was able to distribute over 7 million yen to 27 charities, which support children and those in need in the Chubu Area. This year we hope to improve on that success.

This year will see the event held at MoricoroPark for the firsttime and our goal is to raise well over 8million yen. This will get us back on track to the level of funds raised before the economic downturn 2 years ago and we need everyone’s help in reaching this goal, whether you are participating as an individual or as part of an association or company.

The Walkathon should prove to be a fun and memorable event and a super opportunity for international exchange between members of the Japanese and International communities. So invite your friends and family and join in the fun.

Children First will be one of the many groups (NPO’s) at this charity festival. Please come and support Children First or one of the many other charities. All of the money goes to helping children. For more information (sponsors, charity recipients, access, purpose, etc.) about the event please visit the website below.

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Mother arrested after stuffing bread in 2-year-old son’s mouth

Posted on April 14, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

A woman, 28, was arrested for allegedly stuffing large chunks of bread into her 2-year-old son’s mouth, causing him to suffocate and lose consciousness, police said Tuesday.

According to police officials, the suspect, identified as Rie Natori, called emergency services on the evening of April 7, saying that her son, Ryugen, lost consciousness after she gave him some bread and left the room for a short period at their home in Tokyo’s Machida. Doctors, however, noticed that the boy had bruises on his body and several rather large chunks of bread stuffed in his mouth, which made them suspicious of a possible child abuse.

Natori, who lives together with her husband, 34, and a 4-month-old daughter, has denied the charge and said she has done nothing to harm her son, police said. But according to witnesses, the mother was observed hitting the boy at a friend’s house earlier in January. Police suspect she may have abused the boy on more than one occasion.

The boy was diagnosed with hypoxic encephalopathy – brain damage from lack of oxygen, and is still unconscious, hospital officials said.

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Russia to join Hague Abduction Convention

Posted on April 8, 2011. Filed under: Hague Convention | Tags: , , , |

A draft law on joining the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction has been submitted to the Lower House of the Russian Parliament. The convention paves the way for protecting Russian children from abduction and bringing those who violate the convention to justice.

The convention was concluded in The Hague in October 1980. At present, 82 countries, including the majority of the CIS member countries and the Baltic States are party to the convention. The convention ensures prompt return of children who have been abducted from their country of habitual residence or wrongfully retained in a contracting state that has joined it. It also helps to honour the rights of guardianship over children and provides access to divorced parents to communicate with them.

Lately, noisy scandals linked to children of mixed families of Russians and foreigners have cropped up one after another. Russia has no bilateral agreements on mutual judicial assistance on civil affairs with the majority of states, which detain children born to such families.

When Russia joins the convention, it will get an opportunity to defend children born to parents of mixed marriages, Russians married to foreigners, says a member of the Lower House committee handling the issues of family, women and children, Nina Ostanina. The deputy emphasizes that this concerns problematic situations like that of the actress Natalya Zakharova who has been denied access to her daughter Masha living in France for several years.

“There are precedents with a positive outcome. For one, a Belarus sick girl, who underwent medical treatments in Italy, was detained by an Italian family because they liked her. However, the child was returned to Belarus following a verdict by a court in Genoa in line with the convention. In fact, Belarus is a participant of the convention,” Nina Ostanina said.

At present, none of the verdicts issued by foreign courts concerning Russian children can be used in Russia. However, when Russia joins the convention it will get an opportunity to use them. It has been proved that it’s no easy task to implement the convention. The key task before Russia is to set up a central body to implement the convention in the country. It is entitled to assist in searching for children who have been abducted by parents and in the implementation of the decisions by foreign courts. It’s unclear which ministry will undertake these functions, Education, Justice or some other ministry. The final step will be educating Russian judges, who will be specialized in examining such cases, by experts in international law.

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Osaka couple arrested for suffocating 3-year-old boy in garbage bag

Posted on April 1, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , |

OSAKA — Japan Today

A 26-year-old woman and her 20-year-old boyfriend were arrested Thursday for allegedly confining the woman’s 3-year-old son in a plastic garbage bag, causing him to die from suffocation, Osaka prefectural police said Friday.

According to police, on Wednesday at about 7:55 p.m., the suspects, identified as Yui Tanaka and Hiroyuki Sugiyama bound the hands and legs of Tanaka’s son Shizuku and placed him in a plastic garbage bag for 20 minutes in another room in their apartment in Joto Ward, Osaka. The two suspects were quoted as saying that they had no intention of killing Shizuku and that they just meant to discipline the boy because he had been noisy that day.

Tanaka called emergency services herself after the boy stopped crying and became silent, but by the time they arrived, his heart was no longer beating. The boy was confirmed dead one hour after he was taken to hospital.

Neighbors living on the same floor said they often heard the boy crying, but the family looked happy as a whole.

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