Woman arrested over attempted murder of 8-year-old son

Posted on February 23, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

AICHI — Jan. 22nd, 2015

Police in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested a 33-year-old woman on suspicion of attempting to kill her 8-year-old son.

According to police, Aki Amano strangled her son until he lost consciousness at their home at around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. TBS reported that Amano’s 54-year-old husband Toshio called 119 at around 11 p.m. to report that his son had lost consciousness. The boy was rushed to hospital and remains in intensive care.

Hospital staff identified bruising and red marks on the boy’s neck indicating that someone had strangled him, and notified police.

The boy’s mother was quoted by police as saying she didn’t believe she could go on raising her child, and that she wanted to go to heaven together with him.

According to police, the boy’s grandmother said that her daughter had been receiving psychiatric care at a mental health facility.

Japan Today

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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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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 childrenfirst.jp or check out the children first facebook page.

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Fifth Grader Making a Difference

Posted on January 20, 2011. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation, Japanese Family Law, Uplifting Stories | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Craig Morrey told me a great story about a 5th Grader making a difference. The following is what Craig said:

When raising my severely disabled son alone while fighting in a dysfunctional court system to defend my daughter’s rights to be with her father and brother seems overwhelming, I remind myself of Einstein’s quote- “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity”.
Focusing on the opportunity my family was given, I chose to publicly share our story to raise awareness of the critical need to reform Japanese Family Courts. I was exceptionally pleased, not to mention quite surprised, when Leena Balanag contacted me after her teacher shared our Metropolis story with her class.
Leena, a 5th grade student at Tokyo’s K’s International School, chose custody laws as the topic of her final school project with a special emphasis on my children Spencer and Amelia. With her mother Joyce’s help, she interviewed numerous experts, although she was disappointed to find the Foreign Ministry’s Division for Issues Related to Child Custody completely uncooperative.
On May 8th, Leena and her mother traveled to Okazaki to meet her final interviewees- Spencer and me. She proved to have a firm grasp of the subject, an inquiring mind, and a sincere desire to see changes in the system and to help Spencer- qualities that belie her age. More importantly, we all became fast friends.
After returning to Tokyo, Leena started a blog to discuss her findings/ custody issues (http://www.letsbefriendscampaign.blogspot.com/), presented her project at the school exhibition and started working on a children’s petition to ask why Japanese law takes away one parent after divorce.  Leena is an excellent advocate for children. Spencer and I are honored to work with Leena to continue building momentum to bring about positive changes. Please visit her blog for updates on her petition and to learn how you can help.

To learn how to help please follow the link www.foreveryourfather.com

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