Archive for December 17th, 2011

Visiting prefectural offices

Posted on December 17, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Bullying, Child Custody and Visitation, Japanese Family Law | Tags: , , , |

I visited 9 prefectural buildings this week. That brings my total to 33 prefectures since September of this year. I gave the same short presentation at every child welfare office. Children First has 3 goals. Stop bullying. Stop abuse. Joint Custody. The focus of my presentation was on joint custody as most people are aware of abuse and bullying. Those stories make the news often. I spoke about the dysfunctional family courts. I gave everyone a copy of Colin Jones’ book about the family courts. Everyone received information about my cycling tour and what I am trying to do. I gave the child welfare departments a copy of the Osaka City Governments request to the diet to consider joint custody for Japan. We talked about the UNCRC and the secret Supreme Court DVD. They also received facts such as the average visitation after divorce is 4 hours per month. Japan is the only G-7 country without joint custody. Every 3 minutes a child loses contact with one parent due to divorce. I made a personal request that the governor consider sending a joint custody request to Tokyo just like Osaka did.

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Man held for dropping 1-yr-old son from 10th floor apartment

Posted on December 17, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death |

TOKYO — Dec. 16th, 2011

A baby survived a 10-floor fall virtually unscathed after being deliberately dropped by his father from their apartment in Tokyo’s Koto Ward on Thursday, reports said.

The incident happened just before 9 a.m. in Kiba. The one-year-old boy landed in some shrubbery at the bottom of the building, where he was found in tears by police officers who had rushed to the scene, local reports said.

Police arrested the boy’s 37-year-old father on suspicion of attempted murder. The suspect was named by media as Shingo Hashimoto, who reportedly admitted to the crime.

“I tried to kill my son. I tried to strangle him with my hands and dropped him” out of his bedroom window, police quoted the father as saying, according to Kyodo News.

Police said the youngster suffered only slight cuts to his face and Hashimoto called the police himself after the incident, Kyodo reported.

Hashimoto’s family told police that he recently seemed to be “distressed about work.”

Hashimoto had been alone with his son at the time of the incident, local media said. His 38-year-old wife and 4-year-old daughter were out at the time.

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