Archive for January, 2012

Woman, daughter attacked by man with scissors on Aichi street

Posted on January 28, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime Jan. 27, 2012 

A woman and her daughter were attacked by a man wielding a pair of scissors in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture, on Thursday afternoon, police said Friday.

According to police, the 20-year-old mother was holding her 5-month-old daughter while walking along a street at around 12:30 p.m. when a man on a bicycle approached from behind, TV Asahi reported. The woman told police the man yelled at her to get out of the way, then stopped his bicycle and kicked her to the ground.

As she was trying to protect her child, the man produced a pair of scissors and cut her hair and clothes, before getting back on his bike and fleeing, TV Asahi reported.

According to a description given by the woman, the assailant was in his 30s or 40s, wore a black down jacket and black pants.

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5-yr-old boy may lose sight after man adds battery acid to eye drops

Posted on January 28, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime Jan. 27, 2012    TOKYO —

Police said Thursday that a man in Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture, has been arrested for adding battery acid to a bottle of eye drops, causing serious injury to his girlfriend’s son.

Tamotsu Ito, a 48-year-old truck driver, is accused of putting battery acid in the eye drops between April and December of last year, NTV reported. According to police, Ito—who is married—encouraged the woman he was dating to use the drops. The woman is believed to have regularly used the drops on her son, who was 4 at the time, resulting in serious injury. The boy had been prescribed the eye drops for an eye inflammation.

The damage to the boy’s eyes was initially identified by a doctor during a medical examination in December. The police were informed of the incident by the hospital, according to NTV.

Doctors say there is a possibility the boy will lose the sight of his right eye.

The boy is currently in the protective custody of a Fukushima child counseling center. His mother told police she did not know the eye drops had been tampered with, NTV reported.

Police say Ito has confessed to adding the acid to the eye drops. He was quoted by police as saying he hated the boy.

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Woman arrested for stabbing 11-year-old boy in Osaka

Posted on January 22, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 Jan. 19, 2012  OSAKA —

Police in Osaka arrested a 35-year-old woman on Wednesday for allegedly stabbing an 11-year-old boy while he was walking home from school.

Police said the attack took place just after 3 p.m. in Yodogawa Ward. A witness said the woman jumped on the boy and started stabbing him, TV Asahi reported.

The suspect, identified as Maharu Nagatsuma, was charged with attempted murder. She was quoted by police as saying that she didn’t know the boy, but gave no motive.

Police said the boy suffered four stab wounds to his chest and arms but they are not life-threatening, TV Asahi reported.

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Woman, father held on suspicion of burning baby’s body in park

Posted on January 22, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Jan. 20, 2012 FUKUI

Police in Fukui on Friday arrested a 23-year-old woman and her 51-year-old father on suspicion of burning the body of her dead newborn son in a park in December.

According to police, the infant’s mother, identified as Momoko Miyanaga, and her father, Yoshihiro Miyanaga, have admitted to the charges.

Momoko was quoted by police as saying that she gave birth at her home in November 2010. She said the child died immediately and that she hid the body for nearly a year in her room. After she told her her father in December 2011, he burned the body in a park and brought the bones back home, according to Jiji Press.

Police on Friday found bones believed to be the remains of the infant. The family of six lived in a big two-story house, local media reported.

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Highlights of the last 4 months

Posted on January 16, 2012. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation | Tags: , , |

Summary of what has happened from October to present.
Oct 4th Asahi Shimbun publishes story about my bike tour to raise awareness about child rights.
October 16th I finished my 1500km bike ride from Kumamoto to Tokyo.
October 16th demo in Shibuya for joint custody and the Hague.
October 17th met with Diet member who advocates for joint custody.
October 18th Japan Times publishes story about my bike tour
October 31st NHK publishes an internet piece regarding joint custody.
Nov 12th Obama asks Noda to solve the abduction issue and join the Hague
Nov 13th Joint Demarche. 6 nations press Japan to sign the Hague.
Dec 12th – 16th I visited 9 prefectural offices to advocate for joint custody
Dec 15th one-fifth of kids deprived of contact with one parent – Japan Times
Dec 18th street demo in Tokyo for joint custody
Dec 19th – 22nd I visited 8 prefectural offices to advocate for joint custody
Dec 21st Secretary Clinton urges Japan to take action on child abduction
Dec 22nd LBP Meetup Group has candle light vigil and deliver policy statement to Ministry of Justice
Dec 23rd Karina Garcia is returned from Japan to America.
Dec 24th LBP meetup group in the paper
Jan 6th Kurt Campbell urges Japan to sign the Hague and solve existing abduction cases
Jan 12th LBP group meets with Justice Minister Eda

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20-year-old cop arrested for allegedly molesting girl in Yokohama

Posted on January 12, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime Jan. 12, 2012 TOKYO —

A 20-year-old Kanagawa Prefectural police officer has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a 16-year-old high school girl.

According to investigators, the suspect, identified as Yuki Kobayashi, came up behind the girl who was walking along a street in Yokohama’s Asahi Ward at about 11:30 a.m. The girl said he lifted up her skirt and touched her buttocks, TBS reported.

Kobayashi has admitted to the charge and said he did it on impulse, TBS reported. He said has has done the same thing many times before, police said.

A Kanagawa police spokesman said Kobayashi’s actions were unforgivable and said the police would do their best to make sure a similar incident never happens again.

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No. of suicides surpasses 30,000 for 14th year in a row in 2011

Posted on January 11, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: |

TOKYO — Jan. 11, 2011

The National Police Agency said Tuesday that the number of suicides in Japan in 2011 surpassed 30,000 for the 14th year in a row.

Last year, 30,513 people took their own lives, which was 1,177 fewer than in 2010. Of the total, 20,867 were men and 9,646 were women, the NPA said.

May saw the highest number at 3,367. The NPA said the three disaster-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima actually saw a decline in the number of people who took their own lives, compared to 2010.

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Joint Custody Poll

Posted on January 6, 2012. Filed under: Polls | Tags: , , |

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‘Where are our children?’ parents ask / Search continues at primary school destroyed by tsunami more than 9 months ago

Posted on January 2, 2012. Filed under: Human Rights | Tags: , , , , |

ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi–Parents are still searching for missing children more than nine months after a tsunami inundated an Ishinomaki City primary school following the Great East Japan Earthquake in March.

Seventy-four students at the city’s Okawa Primary School–about 70 percent of the student body–were killed or went missing.

The sounds of heavy machinery could be heard Friday digging into the area around the school in an effort to find four students still unaccounted for.

Miho Suzuki, 43, who is searching for her daughter, Hana, a fourth-year student, talked to Masaru Naganuma, 42, who was operating a power shovel in driving snow. She handed a cup of coffee and a bun to Naganuma, saying, “You must be tired.”

Naganuma is searching for his son, Koto, a second-year student. Despite the freezing weather, he was determined to find his son and the other missing children.

Suzuki was accompanied by her husband, Yoshiaki, 49, and her mother, Kyoko Koyama, 72, when she visited the site of the school Friday. After removing wilted flowers at an altar set up by the school gate, Yoshiaki also began operating a power shovel.

Miho and Yoshiaki were working at different offices when the earthquake hit on March 11. Both of their children attended the primary school, but they were unable to visit the area until two days later.

Yoshiaki made the trip on the third day following the disaster and was horrified at the devastation. Uprooted trees stuck out of what was left of the school building and children’s bodies littered the ground. Miho and Yoshiaki began their heart-wrenching search for their children.

The body of their son, Kento, a sixth-year student, was found eight days after the disaster but Hana remains missing.

Miho quit her clerical job at a hospital in May and has visited the school site every day since then. She has kept her daughter’s favorite dress in the trunk of her car so she can put the dress on Hana when she finds her daughter.

“Today I’ll take Hana back home,” Miho tells herself every day, but so far she has returned home disappointed.

She feels frustrated as the number of parents searching for their children has dropped. Sometimes she blames herself for not going to the school to pick up her children soon after the earthquake.

In summer, when she was about to give up her search, a piano teacher who taught Hana held a concert for the girl. Thinking that many people were anxious about her daughter, she decided to continue searching during autumn and winter.

She and her husband live in a temporary housing unit, and at dinner time, she cooks meals for her children.

Meanwhile, Naganuma said: “I just want to be with my son. That is my only hope. That’s how parents feel about their children.”

Whenever he leaves the site after the day’s search, his chest grows tight. “I have to leave him here today, though he must have felt scared on that day [without me],” he said.
(Jan. 1, 2012) Yomiuri Shimbun

Naganuma said: “I just want to be with my son. That is my only hope. That’s how parents feel about their children.”

Left Behind Parents can related to this story. Left Behind Parents also want to be with their kids. And kids want to be with their parents. Japan it is time to make changes to the legal system so kids can see both parents. 

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