Archive for April, 2012

2-month-old baby boy drowns in Nagano river

Posted on April 30, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

Apr. 30, 2012 NAGANO —

Police said Monday they are investigating the circumstances in which a 2-month-old baby boy drowned on Saturday after he fell into a river in Nagano Prefecture.

According to police, the boy, who has been named as Zen Okada, was playing by the Matsukawa River near his home in Iida at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday when he is believed to have fallen into the river and was carried downstream, Fuji TV reported.

The boy’s family contacted the emergency services who arranged a search by boat and helicopter on Sunday morning. The infant’s body was found around 900 meters downstream of where he was lost.

Police are currently investigating the circumstances that led up to the incident. The child was with his mother and older brother when the incident occurred, Fuji quoted police as saying.

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Woman sits on, kills infant son

Posted on April 29, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

Apr. 29, 2012 – TOKYO —

Police said Saturday they have arrested a 41-year-old woman over the death of her 2-year-old son after it was revealed that she sat on his face and chest.

The woman, who has been named as Kimie Takashima, is accused of sitting on her son Yuki at their Nerima apartment in the early hours of Friday morning, Fuji TV reported. She called her ex-husband who called 110. The boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said that Takashima had visited a child consultation center three times since last December because she believed her son’s mental development was slower than average.

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Gov’t, NPA look at ways to improve road safety for children

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

Apr. 28, 2012 – TOKYO —

The Education Ministry and National Police Agency said Friday they will look at ways to improve road safety for school children after three accidents claimed two lives and injured 10 others this week.

On Friday, a minivan crashed into a group of children waiting for a school bus in Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, killing a 6-year-old boy. The driver, a 20-year-old part-time worker, was arrested and charged with negligent driving resulting in death. He told police he lost concentration.

Also on Friday, a minivan hit four children at a pedestrian crossing in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, seriously injuring two of them.

Last Monday, a seven-year-old girl and a pregnant 26-year-old woman were killed when the minicar hit a group of elementary school children in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture. Eight other children were seriously hurt when the car, driven by an 18-year-old male without a license, crashed into them.

In all three accidents, the roads were narrow and there were no sidewalks, nor were there any guardrails.

An NPA official told a news conference in Tokyo that in 2011, 11 children were killed and 2,474 children injured by cars while walking to and from school, Fuji TV reported. So far this year, four children have been killed by cars.

The official said the NPA is looking at reducing the speed limit on roads less than six meters wide, which are used by children to go to and from school, to 40 kilometers per hour. It is also considering placing speed bumps on more roads.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Hirofumi Hirano said that the government will work more closely with local education boards and schools to work out ways to protect children. He said schools need to map out safer routes for children walking to and from school.

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Nagano woman arrested for attempted murder after strangling 1-year-old daughter

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

Apr. 24, 2012 – NAGANO —

Police said Monday they have arrested a 40-year-old woman for allegedly strangling her one-year-old daughter at their home in Iiyama, Nagano Prefecture.

The woman, who has been named as Ikue Inose, called police at around 3 .p.m. on Sunday and said that she had strangled her baby, NTV reported. Police rushed to the scene and took the child to hospital where doctors said she was suffering from organ failure.

According to police, Inose lived in the apartment with her daughter and husband, who was out at the time of the incident. An investigation is underway to ascertain the circumstances leading up to the crime.

Police said Inose is to be charged with attempted murder, but that she has so far given no motive for the crime, NTV reported.

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Woman under investigation after 1-year-old son found injured

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

OSAKA —

Police said Saturday they are questioning the mother of a one-year-old boy who suffered a severe head injury that left him unconscious.

Emergency services were called to the 39-year-old woman’s apartment in Hirakata on the evening of April 17. She claimed that her son had fallen down the stairs. Paramedics found the boy unconscious and bleeding from the mouth, Fuji TV reported.

Doctors later became suspicious when they found the boy had sustained a powerful blow to the head which they say was inconsistent with his mother’s story. They also discovered bruises on his body of the type sustained when a child is held down. Police say they suspect there may have been a history of mistreatment and violence in the household, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, the boy’s mother is currently under investigation. Police say the boy and his mother had, until recently, been living with a 22-year-old construction worker, but that he was arrested on April 10 for allegedly kicking the woman in the head.

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Woman under investigation after 1-year-old son found injured Apr. 22, 2012 – 06:51AM JST

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

OSAKA —
Police said Saturday they are questioning the mother of a one-year-old boy who suffered a severe head injury that left him unconscious.

Emergency services were called to the 39-year-old woman’s apartment in Hirakata on the evening of April 17. She claimed that her son had fallen down the stairs. Paramedics found the boy unconscious and bleeding from the mouth, Fuji TV reported.

Doctors later became suspicious when they found the boy had sustained a powerful blow to the head which they say was inconsistent with his mother’s story. They also discovered bruises on his body of the type sustained when a child is held down. Police say they suspect there may have been a history of mistreatment and violence in the household, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, the boy’s mother is currently under investigation. Police say the boy and his mother had, until recently, been living with a 22-year-old construction worker, but that he was arrested on April 10 for allegedly kicking the woman in the head.

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Obama to host Noda at White House on April 30

Posted on April 19, 2012. Filed under: Child Abduction, Child Custody and Visitation | Tags: , , , , |

Politics Apr. 18, 2012 – WASHINGTON —

U.S. President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Washington on April 30, for their first meeting since North Korea’s rocket launch, the White House said Tuesday.

Obama wants to address a “wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues, including the U.S.-Japan security alliance, economic and trade issues, and deepening bilateral cooperation,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

“The two leaders will also discuss regional and global security concerns,” Carney said in a statement—with North Korea’s rocket launch likely high on that agenda.

The April 30 meeting will be the second one-on-one talks between the two leaders, and the first at the White House. Noda took office in August 2011.

The last meeting took place in September last year on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York, in which both were taking part.

North Korea claimed its rocket launch last week was to put a satellite into orbit as part of celebrations to mark the centennial of the birth of the country’s founder Kim Il-Sung, as his young grandson Kim Jong-Un takes the reins of power.

The United States and its allies, however, said it was a disguised long-range ballistic missile test banned under UN resolutions.

The test ended in failure, with the rocket disintegrating in mid-air soon after blast-off and plunging into the sea in a major embarrassment for the reclusive state.

And the U.N. Security Council responded by tightening sanctions on Pyongyang, warning of new action if the isolated state stages a nuclear test.

The United States and Japan are both party to long-stalled six-way negotiations on ending Pyongyang’s nuclear drive, along with China, Russia, and the two Koreas.

Carney said after the launch that Washington “remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations, and is fully committed to the security of our allies in the region.”

The United States also confirmed it would not go forward with an already suspended deal to send food aid to North Korea.

Japan and the United States have differed on Iran, upon which Washington has imposed crippling economic sanctions over its suspect nuclear program. But last month, the Pacific allies came to a compromise.

Noda has said Tokyo would strive to reduce its oil imports from the Islamic republic, while the United States last month said it was exempting Japan and some European Union members from tough new sanctions aimed at Tehran.

The United States has also pressed Japan on child abductions, urging it to sign the 1980 Hague treaty that requires countries to return children to the countries where they usually live.

Japanese courts virtually never award custody to foreign parents, especially men, and authorities have never returned overseas a child snatched to Japan.

U.S. parents have pursued more than 120 cases to seek access to their half-Japanese children.

Under growing foreign pressure, leaders in Tokyo have voiced support for signing the Hague convention, but it would only apply to future cases.

© 2012 AFP

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15-year-old girl jumps to death from Yokohama school building

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

Apr. 12, 2012 -YOKOHAMA —
Police said Wednesday that a 15-year-old girl jumped to her death from the 5th floor of a school building in Yokohama.

According to police, the incident occurred at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Tamagawa Gakuen, TBS reported. A teacher witnessed the girl climb over the railing and jump. The girl was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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Nagoya Walkathon and Charity Festival

Posted on April 11, 2012. Filed under: Orphanages | Tags: , , , , |

Come join Children First at the Walkathon on May 20th.

Make some new friends. Help some children.

Eat some good food. And most of all have fun.

What is the purpose of the walkathon?

The main purpose is for the international community to join with Japanese friends and companies in raising money for local orphanages and charities.

Who sponsors the Walkathon?

This annual event in Nagoya is sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and Nagoya International School (NIS)

How does the Walkathon raise money?

Historically there have been two ways. The first is through corporate sponsorship and the second is through individuals buying tickets that cost 2000 yen, which includes a raffle ticket and a t-shirt.

How much do you raise?

Last year, the Walkathon Committee was able to distribute around 8 million yen to orphanages and local charities.

How often does the Walkathon take place?

Annually on a Sunday in May.

How many people attend?

Between 2000 and 2500 people.

How do I buy tickets, become a sponsor and/or volunteer?

Tickets can be purchased from the ACCJ Chubu Office by calling 052-229-1525 or contacting the Walkathon Committee HERE.

You can also find more information on the offical walkathon website (nagoyawalkathon.com) including the venue and how to get to the event. The walkathon also has a facebook page  (facebookNagoyaWalkathon).

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Man arrested for assaulting girlfriend’s 4-year-old son

Posted on April 4, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

Apr. 04, 2012 – OSAKA

Police in Izumi, Osaka Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 41-year-old man for allegedly punching his girlfriend’s four-year-old son in the face.

The suspect, identified as Yoshiyuki Suzuki, works as a security guard. He is accused of hitting the boy in the face and head with an open hand and a back scratcher on multiple occasions between Feb 5 and 12, NTV reported. Police say large bruises were visible around the boy’s eyes and that scratches were also found on his posterior. Doctors expect it will take around two weeks for the boy’s injuries to heal.

Police believe the abuse was ongoing. The mistreatment came to light after a neighbor reported hearing the sounds of a child being beaten. The caller told the emergency operator that it was not the first time the sounds had been heard, according to NTV.

During police questioning, the boy’s mother, 26, told investigators that they started living together in September of last year, but the abuse started at the beginning of this year. She also told police that the boy had been stripped naked and locked out on the balcony as punishment, NTV said.

According to police, Suzuki said he was disciplining the boy, who was taken into protective custody last month.

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