Kumamoto baby hatch says it received 9 infants in fiscal 2012

Posted on May 23, 2013. Filed under: Orphanages | Tags: , , , |

MAY. 23, 2013 – KUMAMOTO —

Jikei Hospital, which offers to anonymously accept children from parents who feel they cannot raise their children, has released a report on the number of babies left in its baby hatch.

Jikei Hospital Board Chairman Taiji Hasuda said the catholic hospital’s baby hatch received nine babies between April 2012 and March this year, TBS reported Thursday.

According to the hospital, seven of the mothers who put their babies into the hospital’s care also provided their addresses. One of those was from Kumamoto, and this year for the first time a parent traveled from Hokkaido to seek help.

The hospital said that it received 17 infants in 2007, 25 in 2008, 15 in 2009, 18 in 2010, 8 in 2011, bringing the total to 92 since it started the service. It added that exactly half of the babies were male and half female.

Information taken from parents reveals that three of the children were born in Kyushu, two in the Chugoku region of western Honshu, one from Hokkaido, and two from undisclosed locations. Jikei said that new family registers were drawn up for the children by the Kumamoto city authorities, TBS reported.

Kumamoto City Mayor Seishi Koyama said, “We are beginning to see babies brought in from far afield and some for whom information about their place of birth was not provided. We are looking into the safety considerations around women driving long distances alone immediately after giving birth at home, as well as the legal issues surrounding individuals whose place of birth is unknown.”

Over the years, people have left the babies at the hospital for some bizarre reasons. One woman left her baby there because she wanted to study abroad; in another case, a woman tried to use the hatch as a temporary babysitting service while she worked and, in a third case, a man who was given custody of his nephew, embezzled the boy’s inheritance before abandoning him in the hatch. The system has been subject to misuse since its inception, after a man left a 3-year-old preschooler in the hatch on the day it opened.

Japan Today

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Nagoya Walkathon

Posted on May 7, 2011. Filed under: Orphanages, Uplifting Stories | Tags: , , , , |

For those of you living in Japan, tickets to the Nagoya Walkathon can be purchased from Children First or from any of the other sponsors of this event. The great thing about this event is that all of your donations go to charities or Tohoku tsunami & earthquake victims. If you buy a Gold Ticket you have a chance to win a big screen TV or a new car. Even if you don’t win one of the big prizes all of your money will go to a great cause. Please show your support by purchasing a ticket.  You can go to the following website to buy tickets: nagoyawalkathon.com/tickets?lang=en.

Prices: Tickets include:
Adult Ticket Adult Ticket
¥2,000 yen
   – Entry to the Walk
– Free Walkathon T-shirt
– Music & Entertainment!
– Entry into general raffle draw
Student ticket Student Ticket
¥1,000 yen
Golden Raffle Ticket Golden Raffle Ticket
¥10,000 yen
   – Entry to the Walk
– Free Walkathon T-shirt
– Music & Entertainment!
– Entry into Golden ticket raffle draw (You have a chance to win a    big screen TV or a new car)
– PLUS entry into General raffle draw*Golden Raffle Ticket holders may claim a General ticket at registration to gain entry into the general raffle draw.

*Limited number of T-shirts available. Come early!
**Adult & student ticket proceeds will be donated to local charities.
***Golden ticket proceeds will be donated to the Tohoku relief fund.

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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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Tiger Mask charitable donations inspire creation of orphan support foundation

Posted on March 2, 2011. Filed under: Orphanages, Uplifting Stories | Tags: , , , |


The “Tiger Mask Foundation” logo (Image courtesy of Fathering Japan)

A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization has set up a new foundation for children at orphanages nationwide, inspired by a recent spate of anonymous donations to child welfare offices under the names of the legendary Tiger Mask manga character.

The NPO, “Fathering Japan,” which supports men raising children, established the “Tiger Mask Foundation” on March 1 to raise individual and group donations and provide the benefits to orphanages as well as support groups across the country as needed.

“Not to miss this opportunity, we want to make a broad appeal for donations and keep the (Tiger Mask) movement going,” said Fathering Japan Chief Representative Tetsuya Ando.

The organization also obtained permission to make a logo featuring Naoto Date — the main character of the Tiger Mask manga series — from the families of the late Ikki Kajiwara and Naoki Tsuji, the work’s author and illustrator, respectively.

“Thanks to the Tiger Mask movement, I have come to want to do something for our society,” Kajiwara’s wife Atsuko Takamori, who serves as a member of the foundation’s steering committee, told a press conference on March 1. “I believe the foundation lives up to my husband’s will.”

According to Hiroshi Nakata, chairman of the National Council of Homes for Children, the orphanage support foundation is probably the first of its kind to operate on a national scale in Japan.

If requested, the foundation will also assist former orphanage children in living independently.

To make donations, send funds to:

Account name: “Tiger Mask Kikin” (Tiger Mask Foundation)

Account No.: 0135667

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Sendagi Branch

For inquiries, call the Tiger Mask Foundation at 080-6810-5215.

Click here for the original Japanese story

(Mainichi Japan) March 1, 2011

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Facility staff at breaking point

Posted on February 23, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Orphanages | Tags: , , |

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Children emotionally disturbed by physical abuse at home often inflict injuries on themselves at welfare facilities as a way of seeking the affection of staff.

The harsh reality surrounding such children has taken its toll on the staff treating them, causing them excessive levels of stress and leading some to resign.

“More and more workers get burned out and quit,” one facility official said.

A recent Yomiuri Shimbun survey has found about 76 percent of emotionally disturbed children have suffered physical abuse, double the figure registered 14 years ago.

Overwhelmed by their workload, many workers at facilities that deal with such traumatized children have called for an overhaul of the facilities’ current management system.

One morning in 2009, a worker at one such privately owned facility in western Japan went to check on a middle school girl as she had not come out of her room. On entering, the worker was shocked to find the girl lying on her futon and bleeding, having apparently cut her wrist with a razor.

The girl survived, but the worker said, “Self-injury is nothing unusual here.”

According to the worker, the girl had suffered physical abuse at home. She saw a psychiatrist regularly and received counseling from a psychotherapist and a caregiver, as well as treatment such as sandplay therapy. However, she repeatedly cut her wrists when she recalled the traumatic experience.

The facility said it accommodates about 20 children, most of whom are victims of physical abuse.

At the decision of child counseling centers, some children move to such facilities from more mainstream children’s shelters.

Children there usually take classes at a building attached to the premises, then return to the facilities where they eat, bathe and sleep. They are given their own rooms.

The facilities, known as “jotan” in Japanese, are intended to help children who suffer a mild degree of emotional distress learn ordinary lifestyle habits so they can return to their homes or other shelters after six months or so. In many cases, however, this process takes from one to 1-1/2 years, and some children go back and forth between the facilities and children’s shelters.

In principle, emotionally disturbed children who require treatment are supposed to be sent to such facilities. In recent years, children’s shelters have seen a growing number of children who have been physically abused and are emotionally disturbed, prompting the shelters to send them to the facilities for treatment.

Meanwhile, many workers at such facilities for emotionally disturbed children struggle to cope with certain behavior from the children, the purpose of which seems to be to test the staff. Some experts say their longing for parental love makes them want to become the center of attention of the staff who look after them, and by hurting themselves, they are trying to form a connection with other people.

“We have to understand [the meaning of] behavior that tests us while also protecting them,” a female worker in her 30s said. “We constantly have to judge [whether they are serious or just testing us]. It’s very stressful.”

Some children at the facilities turn violent toward other children and workers there. During a 1-1/2-year period after the facility opened, more than 10 workers quit. At present, only two of the original staff remain.

“Now that physical abuse has become so widespread in society, we need more facilities for emotionally disturbed children. But social recognition of such facilities remains very low,” an experienced worker said. “The current situation will never improve unless something is done.”

Yoshinobu Nakajima, chief of one such facility, Omura Tsubaki no Mori Gakuen, in Nagasaki Prefecture, said: “We should make combined efforts to increase the number of workers and improve the quality of services. To that end, we need to establish a system to train workers specializing in dealing with physically abused children.”

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