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Mother of fatally abused 10-year-old girl detained following husband's arrest

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Disgraceful parents, disgraceful government 'officials' and disgraceful 'education' board. Shame on all of them.

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Insufficient information sharing between public entities was seen as a factor behind the high-profile abuse case.

Multiple entities were informed of suspected abuse from the father towards the daughter and/or mother. Not a single entity decided to physically go and investigate the claims. He even strong armed the Education Board and even though they felt threatened enough to break protocol and hand the father a document that they should not have, they clearly were not threatened enough to believe that what the girl claimed was real? These issues were brought up over a year before she was killled.

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Failed to identify the cause of death? Really?

Japanese media reported that she was bleeding from internally, she had complained her stomach hurts and it would not stop bleeding in the bathroom, she lost her consciousness, the so-called parents used cold shower trying to wake her up instead of calling the ambulance.

I do not know how accurate this information was, but it has been reported.

It hurts to imagine she was trying to get help by writing down she was being bullied, I've read what she wrote, it said her father would wake her up in the middle of the night and hit her.

Why did the mother not run away with her? The mother was free to go out, why did she not run with her daughter(s) knowing she was being abused?

If the mother was scared, would she not have thought her daughter was even MORE scared?

I would kill whoever hurts my children like that without a second thought.

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Disgusting, a father, abusive father beats his wife into a almost catatonic state terrifies his wards/ children, terrifies anyone who threatens his dominance is given a free pass to the point where government entities give him "secret" documents. Angering him to murder. Do child protection services, ministry of education actually understand what that entails? It would appear not, sure the court, prosecutors will see this as being a provocation and sentance accordingly to a sespended sentance.

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The father clearly has severe mental health issues. I wonder what his childhood was like?

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When the report was first released I commented that the mother was just as guilty for her inaction, but it seems she was up to it in her elbows too. It's beyond me how people can be so horrible to their own kids. They must be seriously demented and delusional.

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What about the teachers who gave the questionnaires to the father? That's breach of trust, right?

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serendipitous1

Disgraceful parents, disgraceful government 'officials' and disgraceful 'education' board. Shame on all of them.

How can anyone in their right mind disagree with this comment?!? Every single adult in this young person's life failed her. Yes, the gov. 'officials' failed her. Yes, the board of education really failed her and yes, her sick-minded 'parents' really, really failed this innocent child.

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It really is every day now. Lock them both up forever.

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Intimidating behavior is but a fancy word for bullying. Step back from a bully and then be prepared full out flight. Mothers have a biological imperative to shelter, support, and otherwise care for their offspring. Their chance at immortality.

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So glad they'd arrested the mother hoping they'll lock her too. How evil waking up Mia's in the middle of the night and ask her to stand. What is wrong with them?

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Too much damage to the frontal lobe of these parents. You know.. the place where empathy and creativity live...

They probably thought they were helping her to become a better person. Somehow, I feel that cases of abuse are far greater than reported (or even known) in Japan. Even the children themselves probably think it is normal when there is clearly (evidently) no push back on it from authority figures. Quite the opposite; the authority figures feed them to the abusers as opposed to protecting them and condemning the torture...

It's very telling.

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the Japanese government has pledged to improve measures to prevent child abuse

Yeah, I can see that happening reeeeal soon! Since the death of 5-year-old Yua Funato in Tokyo in March last year came to light, I've read about cases similar to these 2 cases but still no actions. How many more innocent children must be murdered by their crazy parents before a change ACTUALLY happen? Many things in Japan like the handling of this case by the officials, ikujin centers and the schools, needs to be changed.

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Since the death of 5-year-old Yua Funato in Tokyo in March last year came to light, I've read about cases similar to these 2 cases but still no actions.

Does that mean that they have taken no actions, or that you just haven't read about them? It's a fairly big difference.

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Does that mean that they have taken no actions, or that you just haven't read about them? It's a fairly big difference.

I think he is referring to meaningful change. Change that achieves more positive outcomes for at-risk children...

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I think he is referring to meaningful change. Change that achieves more positive outcomes for at-risk children...

I don't think so. His timescale was from last April, less than a year. Any changes would take at least a year until any year-on-year changes could be detected, and up to 23 months before a full year's numbers could be aggregated to compare to previous years. As we don't have the data to yet determine if any meaningful changes have been made, then all we can look is whether or not any actions have been taken. And the claim was that none had been taken. So I'm curious if any research was put into whether or not no actions were taken, or whether it was an assumption made from not having read about said actions.

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Strangerland - use all the big words you like, but after the Funato Yua case and more before her, it was abundantly clear that, not only procedural changes were required (that would warrant your data), but a more pressing change in attitude and diligence was required.

Evidently, if a school can betray a known victim's privacy and confidence to an abusive father and the system cannot stop that - to highlight only part of the her case for my argument - it's easy to deduce that "change" has not happened.

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Agreed with @serendipitous

Disgraceful parents,

disgraceful government 'officials'

and disgraceful 'education' board.

Shame on all of them.

Yes, Shame on all of them.

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Following the report, Mia was taken into protective custody for seven weeks but after this period, neither a child welfare center nor the school paid a visit to the home to check on her safety.

This isn't my first time reading about negligence on the side of the child welfare office and the school resulting to escalated abuse or death. When will this end?

The Noda city education board has admitted to having handed a copy of Mia's report of abuse to the father early the following year, yielding to Kurihara's request due to his "intimidating demeanor."

Cowards! you're sorry, resignation adn bowing are not worthless.

Insufficient information sharing between public entities was seen as a factor behind the high-profile abuse case.

This and couple more. The lack of protocol, cooperation, balls, and initiative.

To give an example, I once went to a seminar of NPOs and municipal workers to discuss domestic violence involving foreign wives/husbands. I was suggesting that we should establish steps on how to handle, rescue, and assist the victims. Everybody nodded in agreement, uttered a few so desu ne, went back to looking at the print outs, and proceeded to stay on the safe side.

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Strangerland - use all the big words you like, but after the Funato Yua case and more before her, it was abundantly clear that, not only procedural changes were required (that would warrant your data), but a more pressing change in attitude and diligence was required.

Ok, and you have claimed they have done nothing. Again I ask (3rd time now), is this an assumption, or was it looked into as to whether or not they have done anything

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Evidently, if a school can betray a known victim's privacy and confidence to an abusive father and the system cannot stop that - to highlight only part of the her case for my argument - it's easy to deduce that "change" has not happened.

Um, it's extremely illogical to make a determination (aka deduction) based on a sample-size of one. This may be an outlier for all we know - maybe they have made changes country-wide, and this is a case that slipped through the cracks.

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Please don't raise the mental health issue for any murderer.

It can be defense for them.

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Before you go blaming the mother, look at her situation.

Herself, and her 2 kids, 1 year old, and a 10 year old, in an extremely abusive relationship,

probably beyond scared for her life.

Are there safe houses in Japan?

A place to go (in winter) with her 2 kids, to be safe from the abuser,

without worrying about both survival and a furious abusive spouse

out looking for her?

The cops can assume her to be at fault, 

and in normal circumstances, I would agree, but this was no normal situation.

Police, social services, those in charge at schools, need to be educated double quick, 

in handling of abuse victims/perps.

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Stories like this really hits home for me, since I have 3 daughters; one of them a year younger than this unfortunate girl. I feel that the mom is just a guilty, or at least guilty of negligence. However, the fault also lies with the school, also with negligence. I really hope the guilty are dealt with either with imprisonment, or getting fired (not resigned with a Japanese bow "gomenasai."). Bowing just says that I'm sorry and nothing else, which is totally weak.

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This poor girl died without any help,the negligence of the city welfare and the school who handed father a copy make him more angry, they are also guilty of Mia death, of course mother also take part of her abuses.Baka bakari!Instead of take her daughter and run away she give birth again one year ago. Wtf?? Rest in peace angel!

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The Noda city education board has admitted to having handed a copy of Mia's report of abuse to the father early the following year, yielding to Kurihara's request due to his "intimidating demeanor." The handover of the copy has drawn criticism from child welfare experts who argue it may have aggravated his physical abuse of the girl.

Although this was disgraceful, the media seem to be focusing too much on this detail. The real problem is:

Mia was taken into protective custody for seven weeks but after this period, neither a child welfare center nor the school paid a visit to the home to check on her safety.

Not only was she sent back to the lion's den, they didn't even bother to check up on her.

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