Newborn baby girl dies after being found in dental clinic toilet

Posted on April 6, 2016. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

TOKYO — January 8th, 2016

A newborn baby girl was found in the toilet at a dental clinic in a building in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on Thursday. The baby was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, at around 8 p.m. on Thursday, one of the employees of the dentist called 110 reporting that an infant was in the women’s toilet. Police said the baby was not covered with anything and had apparently been abandoned in the toilet right after being born.

Police believe that an employee of the dentist gave birth to the baby. She went home early and then went to a hospital where she currently is. Police said they will wait until she recovers before questioning her on suspicion of abandoning her baby.

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20-year-old man arrested over fatal abuse of girlfriend’s 3-year-old son

Posted on April 6, 2016. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

TOKYO — January 28th, 2016

Police in Tokyo’s Ota Ward said Wednesday they have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of fatally beating the 3-year-old son of the woman he was living with.

According to police, the boy’s mother, who is in her 20s, notified emergency services at around 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, saying that her son had a fever and was not responding, Fuji TV reported.

Upon arrival at the apartment, ambulance personnel found the boy in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest and he was immediately taken to a hospital. He died about 90 minutes later of what doctors believe was a subdural hematoma, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Police said the boy, identified as Ayato Arai, had visible bruises on his cheeks and buttocks, and was bleeding from his left ear, prompting them to question the mother and her partner about whether they have been abusing the boy.

On Wednesday afternoon, the woman’s boyfriend, Naoya Nagatomi, admitted to beating and kicking the boy for an hour on Tuesday night because he glared at him during dinner. The boy’s mother was quoted by police as saying she tried to stop her boyfriend from assaulting Ayato but she, too, was hit.

Media reported Wednesday night that Nagatomi was a member of a criminal gang and that he moved in with the woman and her son this month.

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Nursery school employee arrested for child abuse

Posted on April 6, 2016. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

TOKYO — January 28th, 2016

Police in Tokyo’s Kita Ward have arrested a 28-year-old female nursery school employee on suspicion of abusing a 6-year-old boy at the facility earlier this month.

According to police, the suspect, Manami Nanmoku, a teacher at Kids Style Akabane-en, is suspected of tying the boy’s hands together and yanking off duct-tape which she had put on the boy’s mouth and eyes, on Jan 15, Sankei Shimbun reported.

The boy reported the abuse to his parents who contacted police on Jan 20.

Nanmoku has denied the charge, but police said other staff had seen her hitting and kicking other children before.

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Woman gets 11 years for throwing 5-year-old son to his death from 13th-floor apartment

Posted on April 6, 2016. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

TOKYO — March 24th, 2016

A 35-year-old woman on Wednesday was sentenced to 11 years in prison for killing her 5-year-old son by throwing him from a window in their 13th-floor apartment in Tokyo’s Arakawa Ward in December 2014.

The sentence was handed down by the Tokyo District Court against Ai Kato who had pleaded not guilty.

Kato had testified that she left the window open in the bedroom where her son Koki Takahashi was and then had gone to the toilet, Sankei Shimbun reported. When she returned, the boy’s body was lying on the ground below at around 11:15 p.m. on Dec 29, 2014.

The boy’s father looked for his son when he got home and became concerned. A passerby saw the child’s body on the ground and called 110.

The presiding judge said it was not plausible to believe that Koki unlocked and opened the window and then fell out by accident, Sankei reported.

The court heard that Koki’s father had consulted police a week earlier about an incident on Dec 23 when his wife tried to strangle the boy with a cord while at a hotel.

Prosecutors said that Kato initially told police she did not have confidence in her ability to raise a child and that she just wanted to live alone with her husband.

The court also heard that Kato had been shoplifting because she was stressed and that her husband had told her he would divorce her if she ever shoplifted again.

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Mother dies after jumping from 8th floor with 3-year-old son

Posted on April 6, 2016. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

TOKYO — March 29th, 2016

A 32-year-old woman died after jumping with her 3-year-old son from the balcony of her 8th floor apartment in Tokyo’s Arakawa Ward, police said Monday. The child suffered heavy injuries but survived the incident which police said was a probably murder-suicide attempt, Sankei Shimbun reported.

At around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, police received a call reporting that a woman and a child were lying on the grounds of a condo in the Nishi-nippori area. The woman and her son were taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead. The boy had broken ribs and was in a stable condition on Monday.

Police said the mother grabbed her son and jumped from the balcony while her husband was cooking in the kitchen. No suicide note or any other clue to her motive were found, police said.

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Woman arrested after body of newborn infant found in park toilet

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

TOKYO —

Police on Friday arrested a 27-year-old woman on a charge of abandoning a body after she gave birth in the toilet of a park in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward and then put the body of the dead infant in a bag.

According to police, at around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, a park maintenance worker called police and said there was blood in front of the toilet in Toyama Park and that a woman seemed to be in great pain, Fuji TV reported.

Police arrived and found the woman, bleeding. A tote bag contained the body of the newborn girl.

The woman, who was identified as Yui Yamamoto, had no fixed address and was unemployed, police said. She was quoted by police as saying she put the body of her dead baby daughter in the bag because she didn’t want anyone to see what had happened.

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Body of 10-year-old boy, naked with hands and feet bound, found hanging from tree

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

TOKYO —

Police in Hino, Tokyo, are investigating the death of a 10-year-old whose body was found naked, with his feet and hands bound, hanging from a tree.

According to police, the boy was found hanging from a tree in a field at around 8 p.m. Monday, Fuji TV reported. The site is about 600 meters southwest of the Keio Line’s Takahatafudo Station and is a hilly area surrounded by residences.

Police said the boy was hanged with vinyl tape. His hands were tied behind his back, and both his feet were tied. His clothes were nearby.

The boy’s mother called 110 at around 6:30 p.m. Monday after her son did not return home. She told police she last saw him at 11 a.m.

Police said there were no external signs of injury on the boy’s body and an autopsy revealed the cause of death as asphyxiation.

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Man jailed for 6 years for beating, coercing stepson to commit suicide

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

TOKYO —

A 42-year-old man, who was arrested for abusing his 14-year-old stepson and coercing the boy to commit suicide in 2014, has been sentenced to six years in prison.

The Tokyo District Court handed down its ruling on Akira Murayama on Thursday, Fuji TV reported. Murayama had testified that he beat his stepson Yuito but denied ever telling him to commit suicide.

The court heard that Murayama violently hit the boy across the face, chest, and other parts of his body on July 29, 2014. The boy’s mother found him hanging by his neck above his bed at their apartment in Nishi-Tokyo at around 9 a.m. on July 30. The mother called 119 and the boy was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

At the hospital, medical personnel discovered bruising all over the boy’s body. Police later arrested Murayama on a charge of assault.

Yuito’s mother told police that when Murayama beat him on July 29, he told the boy he should kill himself within 24 hours.

Murayama told the court that the boy’s mother also beat the boy.

After his arrest for assault, Murayama said he had been disciplining his stepson since April 2013, hoping it would make him stronger. He also forced the boy to wear a face mask after telling him that he had bad breath.

Yuito’s classmates said that when he attended a sports meet in 2014 they could see bruises on his arms and legs.

The court heard that Murayama refused to let Yuito go to school for about two months before his suicide.

Murayama had been living with Yuito and his mother since 2011.

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Chiba woman jailed for 7 years for killing 13-year-old daughter

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

TOKYO —

The Tokyo District Court on Friday upheld a ruling that sentenced a 44-year-old woman to seven years in prison for strangling her 13-year-old daughter in Choshi, Chiba Prefecture.

The court upheld the sentence handed down by the Chiba District Court, ruling that Mika Matsutani, a part-time worker, strangled her daughter Kasumi to death at their apartment last year. Matsutani told police that she had intended to kill herself after killing her daughter but couldn’t go through with it, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Matsutani had defaulted on her home payment approximately three years ago, and had been having difficulty making ends meet ever since, a police spokesman said. She and her daughter had been ordered to vacate the premises by Sept 24, 2014.

When representatives from the Chiba District Court arrived at the apartment to see them out, they found Kasumi dead, lying face up a futon.

Prosecutors had sought a 14-year prison term for Matsutani but her lawyers argued that she was mentally unbalanced when she killed her daughter.

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Man arrested for beating 3-year-old stepson

Posted on April 26, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

TOKYO —March 12th, 2015

A 46-year-old man has been arrested for abusing his 3-year-old stepson in their home in Tokyo’s Taito Ward.

According to police, the incident occurred on March 6. TBS reported that the suspect, Tadaki Matsumoto, is accused of hitting the boy in the face, inflicting injuries on the boy that will take one month to heal.

Matsumoto was quoted by police as saying he was trying to discipline the boy.

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Man arrested for abusing 2-year-old daughter

Posted on April 26, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

TOKYO — April 3rd, 2015

Police in Tokyo have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of abusing his 2-year-old daughter at their home in Toshima Ward.

According to police, Masanari Ito, who works at Toshimaen amusement park, punched his second-oldest daughter in the face on the night of March 31, TBS reported. The next day, Ito’s stepmother, who lives nearby, contacted police to report that the girl had been beaten.

The girl was taken to hospital. Police said her injuries will take about 10 days to heal.

Ito was quoted by police as saying that he was stressed out when he hit his daughter.

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Man arrested for scalding 8-month-old daughter with boiling water

Posted on March 4, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

FEB. 25, 2014 – TOKYO —

Police in Tokyo said Monday they have arrested a 23-year-old man after he scalded his 8-month-old daughter’s face with boiling water.

According to police, Tetsuya Sato, an unemployed resident of Machida, abused his daughter at their apartment on Jan 29. TBS reported that when Sato’s wife returned home from work, she saw the injury to the girl’s face and took her to a hospital.

Police said Sato has admitted to scalding his daughter with water from the bathtub, which was 70 degrees Celsius.

TBS quoted police as saying that the child had signs of bruising and scarring on many parts of her body.

In May of last year, Sato was also arrested for assaulting his wife, but received a suspended sentence.

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Man dies after setting fire to himself, son on school grounds

Posted on December 25, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 DEC. 24, 2013 TOKYO —

A 49-year-old man doused his son and himself with a flammable liquid and then set fire to himself and the boy on the grounds of a school in Tokyo on Monday morning.

According to police, the boy was playing baseball with his teammates when his father entered the grounds of Shiomi elementary school in Bunkyo Ward at around 10:30 a.m. NHK reported that the man took his son away from the group and then poured liquid, believed to be heating oil, on him and himself. He then held onto the boy as he set fire to himself.

Police said the man was pronounced dead on Monday night, while the boy remains unconscious. NHK quoted police as saying that the man is estranged from the boy and his mother and that the woman consulted police last year about her husband’s abusive behavior.

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Couple confess to abandoning 3 newborn babies over 9-yr period

Posted on November 5, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

NOV. 01, 2013 – TOKYO —

In a bizarre case, police say a couple in Tokyo’s Ota Ward have been arrested on suspicion of abandoning their three babies soon after their births in 2002, 2010 and 2011.

According to police, Hideaki Tonuma, 32, who is unemployed, and his wife Chiemi, 31, a former bar hostess, have confessed to abandoning the three newborn babies. NHK reported Wednesday that the information came to light after the couple were arrested for abandoning a baby girl who was found alive in a public park in Ota in March 2011.

During police questioning, the couple also confessed to having disposed of the body of a son, born 11 years ago, who was reported missing shortly after his birth. The Tonumas claim the boy died and that they later disposed of his body in Saitama Prefecture, police said. 

NHK quoted police as saying that the pair also abandoned another baby girl in 2010. The girl was found but the son’s body was never found. Police said that DNA tests on the two baby girls led them to the parents who remained elusive until this month. 

The Tonumas also have a 9-year-old son who was placed in a child welfare center in 2004 after being abused by his parents, police said.

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Mother on trial for suffocating 5-year-old son over Nintendo DS argument

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

 Oct. 05, 2013 -TOKYO —

A 42-year-old mother of four has gone on trial in Tokyo, accused of killing her five-year-old son.

Teary-eyed and clinging to a handkerchief as she spoke, Shizu Shigeta admitted that she had caused the death of her son, Koshi, after sealing him inside two plastic garbage bags and then falling asleep beside him while under the influence of sedatives and alcohol.

The mother, who had lived with her husband and children in Mejiro, Tokyo, listened as the prosecution recounted the events leading up to the tragic death of the kindergartener.

On the evening of Sept 1, 2012, allegedly feeling under pressure from work and suffering from lack of sleep, Shigeta was angered to find the living room floor of their family home littered with toys. Grabbing a garbage bag, she began tidying up, stuffing her son’s Nintendo DS in the bag in the process. She headed to bed soon after, hoping to sleep late the next day as it was a Sunday. As she had done on several nights prior to the incident, the seemingly troubled mother swallowed a sleeping pill, washing it down with a glass of shochu whiskey and water.

Despite taking the sedative, however, Shigeta woke twice in the night. Both times, she got up and took another sleeping pill, eventually dozing off and sleeping soundly until around 11 a.m. the next day.

When Shigeta rose the next morning, she found her third son, Koshi, in the living room already up and about. When his mother entered the living room, he immediately asked her for his missing Nintendo DS.

Like any good parent, Shigeta resolved to teach her son that it was not acceptable to spend his days simply doing exactly as he pleased and not tidying up after himself. Angered by her son’s tone and, she maintains, still drowsy from the pills she had taken, however, the mother’s response to her son’s request was far from normal.

“Would you rather breathe or play DS?” she asked the young boy.

Perhaps not sensing his mother’s tone, or, as many young boys do, simply refusing to cooperate after not getting his own way, Koushi replied, “I’d rather play DS.”

Further angered by his words, Shigeta grabbed the boy and bound his hands and feet with plastic twine, then covered both his mouth and eyes with tape. Finally, she pulled a garbage bag over the boy’s head and thrust his feet into another, drawing them together at his waist and sealing them shut.

“I intended to untie him once he’d apologised,” the mother later said. Whether this was indeed the case, it appears that Shigeta, still under the influence of the pills and alcohol she had swallowed, fell asleep again soon after binding her son, leaving him trapped in the bags and unable to breathe.

At 12:15 p.m., the boy’s father entered the room and discovered his son and wife. He tore the bags open, but Koshi was already unconscious. An ambulance was called and the boy was rushed to hospital, but sadly he was pronounced dead three days later. Cause of death: hypoxic encephalopathy, or brain damage caused by lack of oxygen.

Koshi is described in an Asahi Digital news report as having been a “lively kindergartener” whom his mother often doted on and seemingly had trouble disciplining. Shigeta, despite claiming to recall only “fragments” of the incident, admits to killing her son.

Taking into account the circumstances and acknowledging the fact that she appears so remorseful, the prosecution is currently asking that Shigeta serve a sentence of four years in prison.

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Couple arrested for beating 10-month-old daughter

Posted on September 22, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 SEP. 22, 2013 – TOKYO —

Police said Saturday that a couple in Tokyo’s Machida have been arrested for beating their 10-month-old daughter several times. The child remains in a coma in hospital, suffering from internal bleeding and eight broken bones, police said.

According to police, the couple, Yuta and Satomi Kumagaya, both 26, beat their daughter last Tuesday and Wednesday at their home, TV Asahi reported. When the child lost consciousness, they took her to a hospital which notified police.

Police said Yuta has denied beating his daughter, saying their 2-year-old son hit his sister with a toy. But his wife was quoted by police as saying that he started beating the child one month after her birth and that she also was beaten by her husband, TV Asahi reported.

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Driver arrested after car hits mother, daughter on bike, killing girl

Posted on June 5, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 There have been too many of these driver related hit and runs lately in Japan.

JUN. 05, 2013 – TOKYO —

The 72-year-old driver of a car has been arrested after he hit a 35-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter riding a bicycle in Komae, Tokyo. The girl died as a result of injuries, police said.

The incident occurred at around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Fuji TV reported. Witnesses were quoted as saying the car and the bicycle were going in the same direction along a narrow road with no sidewalks. The car veered left, hitting the bike from behind and dragged it for about 100 meters before hitting a wall.

Takako Hattori and her 2-year-old daughter Ayako were knocked off the bike. Police said Ayako suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at hospital. Her mother remained in a critical condition on Wednesday.

The driver, Toshio Takahashi, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, Fuji TV reported. He was quoted by police as saying that he hunched over because he had an acute stomach ache and that’s when he hit the bicycle. He said he then mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake.

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Japanese Filipino Support Network helps children abandoned by Japanese Fathers

Posted on February 19, 2013. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation, Human Rights | Tags: , , , , , |

Citizen’s Network for Japanese Filipino Children

Japanese Filipino Support Network

maligaya-house-manila

<Establishment>  1994  May

<Our Aim>  We are a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Tokyo. We support Japanese-Filipino Children (JFC) who are born to Filipino mothers and Japanese fathers. The numbers of Filipino women who come to Japan for working have increased since 1980’s. Many of them met Japanese men and the numbers of children between Filipino women and Japanese men have increased as well. Some of those children are in difficulty because of lack of supports from their father. Although they have different circumstances, one thing common among those children is that they had lost communication and necessary support from their fathers. We accept cases from those mothers and caregivers of such JFC both at Tokyo office and Maligaya House, our branch office in Manila.

<Our Projects>
1)Para-legal assistance for the Paternal Recognition, Child Support, acquisition of Japanese Nationality, mediation/law suit for divorce, Special Permission of Residence, etc.
2)Father-locating
3)Japanese lesson for JFC mother
4)Tutorial services for JFC
5)Study tour to the Philippines
6)Publishing of quarterly newsletter “Maligaya”

<Contact Us>
Tokyo, Japan
TEL/FAX: 050-3328-0143
E-mail: jfcnet@jca.apc.org
15 minutes from Shinjuku Station (JR line)

Manila Branch (Maligaya House)

<Establishment>  1998 January

<Our Projects>
1)Case registration and management
2)Psycho-social workshops for JFC and mothers/carcgivers
3)Japanese Lesson for JFC

<Contact Us>
Metro Manila, Philippines
TEL/FAX: (63-2) 913-8913
E-mail: maligyahouse@gmail.com

 

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Maligaya House: Citizen’s Network for Japanese-Filipino Children

Posted on February 19, 2013. Filed under: Human Rights | Tags: , , , , , |

Maligaya House GlobeMaligayaHouse

(Citizen’s Network for Japanese-Filipino Children. Inc)

For detailed information about the Maligaya House please click on this link: http://maligaya-house

About Maligaya House

Maligaya House is Tagalog for “Happy House”. The Citizen’s Network for JFC Inc. ran by our Tokyo Office established in 1998 this local office and Maligaya House is dedicated to helping those Japanese-Filipino Children (JFC) whose Japanese fathers abandoned them, find happiness. Maligaya House fights to protect the human rights of the JFC and give support at they grow to adulthood.

Psycho-social Intervention Program (PSI)

Our principal activities: Telephone and at office consultations, new clients will have to attend an orientation, to understand individual cases we will conduct home visits and inquiries, offer legal advice, also we offer counseling for the mother and child, and these services are available to all clients. Furthermore, we can send all of this information to the JFC Network office and through the help of our lawyers (they have volunteered for the purpose of supporting the JFC) we can help locate the father, negotiate for legal recognition and/or child Orientation for the New Clients support and mediate with Japanese man. If the a need arises they are also capable of filing lawsuits in Japanese court. Through this process Maligaya House will act as the representation of the mother and child between the JFC Network and their legal counsel.

Training and Education Program (TEP)

Twice a month we have a Japanese Classroom Workshop where we familiarize the JFC with Japanese language and culture. This activity also doubles as an exercise to develop their identity as a Japanese. We also do arts and crafts, games and sometimes dances to allow the JFC to express themselves and these activities also help empower the JFC with more self-confidence. At these regular gatherings the JFC have the opportunity to meet and make friends with other children in a similar situation.

For the mothers we offer, law and legal proceedings seminars, gender workshops, and seminars on migrant workers. Our aim is to recommend strategies to improve their lives, give emotional support, and give leadership training.

Research & Publications Program (RPP)

We publish a handbook for Filipino women who plan to go to Japan. It began being distributed through the Philippine government in 2004. We also manage a mini library and publish a regular newsletter.

Advocacy & Networking Program

We pressure the Philippine Ministry of Foreign Affairs to cooperate with the negotiations between the Japanese embassy and this Japanese NGO

Maligaya House ( Citizen’s Network for JFC-Philippine Office)

Address: Maligaya House ( Citizen’s Network for Japanese-Filipino Children, Inc. )

18-A Cabezas St., Project 4, Quezon City, Metro Manila, 1109 Philippines

Telephone#: 02-439-1520 and 02-913-8913

FA02-913-8913

EMailmaligayahouse@gmail.com

Person In Charge: Ms. Naoko Kono

Citizen’s Network for JFC-Tokyo Office (Joint Representation: Atty. Chang Hanyo & Shigeko Yamano)

Address: 206 Hai Home-Nishishinjuku, 4-16-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Telephone: FAX 050-3328-0143

EMailjfcnet@jca.apc.org

Home Pagehttp://www.jca.apc.org/jfcnet

For Paying Membership Fee to Japan: Postal Transfer Account: 00120-2-720290

Account Name: Citizen’s Network for JFC

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Man suspected of killing 9-year-old granddaughter

Posted on January 18, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 JAN. 15, 2013 –  TOKYO

Police said Tuesday that a man is suspected of strangling to death his 9-year-old granddaughter and then trying to kill himself at their home in Tokyo’s Machida.

According to police, the 66-year-old man lived with his son and his daughter. Fuji TV reported that the father returned home from working a night shift at about 9 a.m. and found his daughter, clad in her pajamas, lying on a futon. She had apparently been strangled to death. The man found his father in another room, where he had slit his wrists and tried to hang himself, police said.

Police said the grandfather was taken to hospital where his condition is not life-threatening. He was quoted as saying that he killed the girl, Fuji reported.

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Man held for beating girlfriend’s 4-year-old son

Posted on August 24, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

 AUG. 23, 2012 – TOKYO —

Police on Wednesday arrested a 39-year-old man for allegedly beating the 4-year-old son of his girlfriend at their apartment in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Yoshiyuki Ishibashi, beat the child repeatedly between late May and early June, TBS reported. Police said the boy was hospitalized for about two weeks. Hospital officials notified police of the child’s injuries.

Ishibashi was quoted by police as saying the “child didn’t take to me and I was trying to discipline him.”

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One month old stabbed by mother

Posted on July 19, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

TOKYO —
A 1-month-old baby boy was fatally stabbed in an apartment in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward on Wednesday night, police said Thursday. The infant’s mother was found lying beside the body, police said, adding she had taken an overdose of sleeping pills.

According to police, the woman’s father visited the apartment at about 8 p.m., TV Asahi reported. He found his daughter and her baby lying on the floor in the bathroom. The baby had been stabbed in the chest. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The woman regained consciousness on Thursday morning, police said. She was quoted as saying she had been struggling to look after the baby since he was born, TV Asahi reported.

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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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Man arrested over boy’s fatal beating

Posted on February 26, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

Kyodo Feb, 26th

Police arrested a 27-year-old man Saturday on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son, resulting in the boy’s death.

Ryuji Kawabe beat the boy, Hayato Narita, in the face and abdomen Friday afternoon at his apartment in Tokyo, the police said.

The boy was taken to a hospital in the evening after his 22-year-old mother phoned for an ambulance.

“I beat him because he didn’t eat his lunch,” Kawabe allegedly told the police. The mother was reportedly at a coin laundry at the time. The police said an autopsy would be performed.

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3-year-old boy falls to death from apartment balcony in Tokyo

Posted on November 24, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , |

Nov. 24, 2011 –

TOKYO — Japan Today

A three-year-old boy died Wednesday night in Tokyo’s Shinjuku after falling from the balcony of the 13th floor apartment in which he lived with his mother.

According to a TV Asahi report, police received an emergency call late in the afternoon from a neighbor who reported that a child was lying motionless on the ground outside the apartment building. Rescue workers took the child to hospital where doctors pronounced him dead a short time later.

According to police, the boy’s mother had gone shopping and left him alone at the time of the incident. Police believe the boy used a chair that had been left on the balcony to climb over the railing, resulting in an accidental fall, TV Asahi reported.

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October 16th, 2011 Demo for Joint Custody in Tokyo

Posted on November 7, 2011. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation, Divorce, Hague Convention, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

On October 16th, 2011 there was a demo in Tokyo for joint custody and the Hague. Kevin Brown, the co-founder of Children First (www.childrenfirst.jp), cycled from Kumamoto to Tokyo to raise awareness about child rights. It took him 31 days to reach Tokyo. Along the way he recieved help from other left behind parents. He stayed one to three days with fellow left behind parents in Fukuoka, Yamaguchi, Hiroshima, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Okazaki, Hamamatsu, and Tokyo. Kevin, like most left behind parents has little access to his child. Like all left behind parents, he wants to see his child more than once a month for 4 hours, the average time awarded by Japanese Family Court Judges. Kevin would like to see Japan adopt a joint custody system similar to that in most western countries. Japan is the only G-7 country without joint custody. And Japan is the only G-8 country not to sign the Hague. Kevin stopped at 15 prefectural offices during his cycling tour. He spoke about joint custody and other issues affecting the well being of children.  You can see about 1 minute of the demo if you click on the link: October 16th demo in Shibuya

The Japan Times published Kevin’s story: Dad seeks visitation reform

as did the Asahi Shimbu (nihongo): asahi shimbun

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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT By the Ambassadors and Representatives of Australia, Canada, Colombia, the European Union, France, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America

Posted on February 10, 2011. Filed under: Child Abduction, Child Custody and Visitation, Hague Convention | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Tokyo, Japan
Feb. 9, 2011

We, the Ambassadors of Canada, the European Union, France, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, the Political Counsellor of the Embassy of Australia, and the Consul of Colombia, called on Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs today to express the importance we continue to attach to the issue of international parental abduction, and to once again urge Japan to ratify the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“the Convention”).

We are encouraged by the serious consideration that the Government of Japan is currently giving this issue, including by establishing a Vice-Ministerial-level working group to study it. We look forward to Japan reaching a positive decision to ratify the Convention as soon as possible.

The Convention seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of their wrongful removal or retention across international borders, which can be a tragedy for all concerned. The Convention further establishes procedures to ensure the prompt return of children to the State of their habitual residence when wrongfully removed or retained, and secures protection for rights of access of both parents to their children. Under the Convention, a State is not bound to order the return of a child if it is established that there is a grave risk that his or her return would expose the child to physical or psychological harm or otherwise place the child in an intolerable situation.

To date, 84 countries have joined the Convention, including the eleven countries that jointly carried out today’s demarche, and all 27 member states of the European Union, which, moreover, has enshrined the principles laid down in the Convention into EU law. In the past year alone, three additional countries – Morocco, Gabon and Singapore – have joined the Convention, making it an increasingly universal standard for the handling of cross-border abduction cases. Japan is the only G-7 nation that has not signed the Convention. Currently the left-behind parents of children abducted to or from Japan have little hope of having their children returned and encounter great difficulties in obtaining access to their children and exercising their parental rights and responsibilities.

In our meeting with Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yamahana, we emphasized the high priority our governments place on the welfare of children affected by the breakdown of international marriages, and stressed that children should grow up with access to both parents. We also noted that Japanese ratification of the Convention would benefit Japanese nationals as much as those of other countries, since, as revealed by a recent web survey by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are many cases where Japanese parents and their children have lost contact because of abduction to other countries. We further urged Japan to identify and implement measures to enable parents who are separated from their children to maintain contact with them and ensure visitation rights, and to establish a framework for resolution of current child abduction cases. Finally, we emphasized that the Convention has provisions to prevent children from being returned to abusive or otherwise threatening situations in other countries, as well as the existence of protective provisions against domestic violence within the legal systems of our countries.

Japan is an important partner for all of our countries in innumerable ways, ranging from vibrant political and economic relations, to the people-to-people ties of which international marriages are emblematic. All our governments continue to stand ready to assist Japan in its consideration of the Hague Convention, with a view to helping parents and children affected by this painful issue.

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Parents plea for an end to child abduction in Japan (video)

Posted on January 22, 2011. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

CNN and several other new agencies covered the Left Behind Parents demo in Tokyo on January 16th, 2011. The following is part of an article written by CNN.

“Stop parental child abduction,” the parents cried. “Sign the Hague Convention.”

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Abduction is a multilateral treaty that dates to 1983. It often comes into play when parents divorce, and one parent takes the child back to his or her home country, keeping the child away from the other parent who may have partial or full custody. The treaty effectively forces signatory nations to recognize that custody.

Dozens of countries have signed onto it — the official website lists 84 “contracting states” to the convention — but Japan is not among them.

Calls for Japan to sign the convention have increased as heartbreaking stories have come to light.

But some critics say Japan joining the convention would not solve cases of international parental abductions. They argue Japan’s domestic legal system needs to be improved and prepared for the increasing numbers of marriages between Japanese people and foreign nationals. To read the full article or watch the video click on the link(s) below.

Stop the abductions now

Joint Custody video

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Tokyo Left Behind Parents Demo on Jan. 16th

Posted on January 22, 2011. Filed under: Child Abduction, Child Custody and Visitation, Hague Convention, Japanese Family Law, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |

A group of left behind parents met in Tokyo on a cold winter day to protest and speak about child abduction and the need for Japan to change it’s outdated Family Law. Parents want more access to their children. Parents want joint custody like all of the other G-7 countries have. Children have the right to see and love both parents. Under Japanese law only one parent has custody after divorce and the other parent often loses custody and contact with the child. Left Behind Parents gave speeches and marched down the street in Shibuya. This was an excellent turnout for such a cold day. About 80 parents and concerned citizens showed up to raise awareness about child abduction. The children are the foundation of the future. Click on the link to view a 3 minute video of the demo.

Tokyo Left Behind Parents Demo

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Father’s Day Protest in Tokyo (video)

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

About 50 left behind parents got together on Father’s Day in Tokyo to raise awareness about Japan’s growing Family Law Problems. Japan doesn’t have a joint custody system like most western countries, so when couples divorce one parent (usually the father) looses parental rights/visitation rights. Sometimes children are abducted by one parent to their home country. Some Japanese parents can’t see their child because he/she is in another country. Some foreign parents can’t see their kids because they have been abducted to Japan and the spouse is refusing all contact. Still other parents live in Japan both far and near from their kids but they can’t see them because the spouse or family court has denied access to one parent. All the parents in attendance believe it is best for children to have both parents and they want the government of Japan to take action so children have the love and attention of both parents.

Click on the link to watch the video:
TV coverage of protest

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