Body of second newborn infant found in Shizuoka home

Posted on October 17, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |


Police in Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture, said Saturday they have found the the body of a second newborn child in the home of a 28-year-old woman.

According to police, the woman, identified as Isumi Takano, who works part-time at a bar, gave birth to twins at home at the end of September. The first body was discovered on Thursday and the second on Friday.

Takano was quoted by police as saying both infants were hers and that she couldn’t take care of them.

Police were first alerted by a call from the local welfare office on Thursday. The welfare officer told police that Takano, who had looked heavily pregnant during a recent visit, came to the office again on Thursday for consultation, but there were no signs of pregnancy.

On Thursday night, police visited the woman’s home and found the dead infant wrapped in foam. The second infant was found wrapped in plastic and placed in a box.

Takano lives with her mother and two other children.

Police have released no information on the children’s father.

Japan Today

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Body of newborn baby girl found on Shizuoka shore; 20-yr-old mother arrested

Posted on May 23, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

SHIZUOKA — May 20, 2014

Police have arrested a 20-year-old woman after the body of her newborn baby girl was found on the shore at Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Monday morning.

According to police, a man discovered the infant’s body about 100 meters from the water’s edge at around 7:20 a.m. TBS reported that the infant’s body was naked and wrapped in a blanket.

Police said it appeared the infant had been dead for less than two days and added that an autopsy will be carried out to ascertain the cause of death.

The infant’s mother, Yukino Osabe, works as a shop clerk in Numazu. Police said she has admitted to dumping the body late Sunday night.

Osabe was quoted by police as saying, “The child was born at my house, but I couldn’t possibly let my parents or my friends find out that I had had a child, so I threw her away.”

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Suspect arrested in connection with dumping of baby’s body in public toilet

Posted on August 7, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

CRIME AUG. 06, 2013 – SHIZUOKA —

Police said Monday that a woman has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her newborn son and leaving his body in a public toilet in Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, last year.

The woman, who has been named as 23-year-old Yayoi Kajiyama from Fujieda, is accused of wrapping the dead body of her newborn baby boy in a towel and placing it in a garbage can in the toilet at Yaizu Station on Aug 8 last year, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, Kajiyama currently faces a charge of unauthorized disposal of a corpse. However, police say they also plan to launch a murder investigation due to stab wounds found on the infant’s body.


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Body of newborn baby found in trash can in toilet at train station

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

8-11-2012 Japan Today-Shizuoka
The body of a newborn baby boy was found on Thursday morning in the trash can in the women’s toilet at JR Yaizu Station in Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture.

According to police, a cleaning woman noticed a strange odor coming from the trash can at about 8 a.m., NTV reported. She notified the police who found the body of the newborn infant wrapped in a towel in the trash can.

Police said that the body was placed in the trash can sometime between 8 p.m. on Wednesday night, when the toilet was last cleaned, and early Thursday morning. Police are checking station surveillance camera footage to try and identify who brought the baby into the toilet.

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Woman arrested for abusing 2-week-old twins

Posted on March 14, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , , |

Mar. 14, 2012 – SHIZUOKA —
Police said Tuesday they have arrested a 23-year-old woman for allegedly assaulting her newborn twins.

The woman, who has been named as Ayana Nakano from Shizuoka, is accused of assaulting her two-week-old babies in March of last year during a trip to her parents’ house in Fukuroi, Fuji TV reported. The attack allegedly included dashing them on the ground, causing serious injuries.

The attack came to light after the children underwent a medical check a month after their birth. Medical staff reportedly became suspicious and contacted child services.

A police investigation has revealed that one of the babies sustained a fractured skull in the attack, from which she took three months to heal. The other child sustained injuries to her head, arms and legs which police say took a month to heal, Fuji reported.

During police questioning, Nakano was quoted as saying that she couldn’t sleep because the children wouldn’t stop crying at night. She said she panicked and lashed out at them.

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Sex abuse by teachers plagues Shizuoka Pref.

Posted on October 30, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

The Yomiuri Shimbun

SHIZUOKA–Alleged sexual transgressions by teachers in Shizuoka Prefecture have become so common that the area’s leading educational administrator recently declared himself helpless to stop them.

There have been five disclosed cases of alleged sexual improprieties committed by school teachers in Shizuoka Prefecture, including a school principal, since August alone. In those cases, the teachers were fired for sexual harassment or arrested for voyeurism.

The latest came on Oct. 17, when a 47-year-old teacher at Shizuoka Prefectural High School of Science and Technology was arrested on suspicion of indecent assault on a female student.

The prefectural board held an urgent meeting of school principals on Thursday. At that meeting Toru Abe, chairman of the prefectural board of education, said with a bitter expression, “Speaking for myself, there’s no longer anything I can do.”

The board has taken such measures as revealing the names of offending teachers who received disciplinary dismissals and conducting training sessions for teachers. It also has organized study sessions with outside instructors and held group study meetings in an effort to prevent such incidents.

However, a high school teacher who had been through a training session was arrested on suspicion of using a camera to look up a woman’s skirt in September. The teacher, who was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting the female student, had also gone through a training session.

Students have harshly criticized teachers and the authorities, saying: “Who will protect us students?” and “What the hell are teachers doing?” But some school officials have voiced sympathy for the chairman’s remark, which reflects a sense of helplessness.

The chairman told the about 120 school principals, “I want you to build human relationships with a sense of solidarity in your schools.”

Abe said, “My remark that there’s nothing more we can do was a slip of the tongue.” Abe said he was hit by a sense of helplessness, as teachers had been urged on numerous occasions not to cause such scandals.

“When I made the remark, I was thinking about how I’d had to say the same thing in similar situations again and again [with little apparent impact],” Abe said.

He added: “I regret the remark and think it was improper. I still have to consider effective measures. We have started discussing practical actions.”

Hiroshi Asaba, principal of prefectural Shizuoka Senior High School and also chairman of the prefectural association of high school principals, voiced sympathy for the board chairman saying, “The words reflected his stress.”

But he added: “We school officials have not given up on taking measures. Though there may be no quick remedy, there are still things we can try.”

A senior official of the prefectural board of education said: “The problems are not ending, even though we have taken measures. I wonder what more we can do than we are doing now.”

A 17-year-old male second-year student at Shizuoka Prefectural High School of Science and Technology said: “Many female students have begun to distrust their male teachers because of these incidents. When our school held a meeting to explain the situation to all students, a girl began weeping, and I couldn’t face the scene.

“If the prefectural board of education has given up and said there is nothing to do, who in the world will protect us students?”

An 18-year-old third-year high school student said, “Because scandals have occurred despite measures by the prefectural board, students just distrust teachers more.”

A 15-year-old male student said: “What the hell are teachers doing? I don’t trust teachers anymore.”

Educational analyst Naoki Ogi said: “Control by superiors alone has limited effects. Ad hoc measures, which are like a cat-and-mouse game, can’t work. The authorities should have teachers receive mental health checks by experts.

“The administrative authorities should not see teachers as the only cause of the evil, but consider what they themselves lack. They should improve the situation while reflecting opinions from workplaces.”

(Oct. 24, 2011)
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