Kanagawa prefectural police have sent papers to prosecutors on 23 individuals for allowing, encouraging and not stopping minors from smoking and drinking alcohol.
According to police, the 23 include parental guardians, clerks and part-time employees of tobacco shops, and supermarkets selling alcohol, NTV reported Thursday. All were charged with violating alcohol and tobacco laws regarding minors for knowingly selling to minors. One mother from Kamakura was discovered to have been allowing her 3rd year middle school son to smoke cigarettes, while another individual was cited for buying cigarettes for her 1st year middle school son.
According to some of the police interviews with the charged individuals, some were reported as saying things like, "My child simply wouldn't listen to me, so I eventually just gave up on trying to stop him," and "Well, I can understand my child wanting to smoke, seeing as how I smoke myself."© Japan Today