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Takahashi, whose first child died a few days after birth and who lost another son in a fall from an apartment balcony, told police she had been using chatrooms, media reported.

Did I read that right? Did THREE of this lady's kids die? THREE?

Child raising is too much hassle.

Wow.

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Think there might be a problem here?

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Sterilise this woman, please... The first two times were probably no accident either.

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Actually this woman gave birth to 4 boys of whom 3 are dead .The living one is with social services. I hope she spends her life in prison, but most likely will get less than ten years in prison.

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Her baby was laying dead for a DAY as she was chatting on the internet? I would love to say what I really think on the matter but JT might ban me for vulgar language.

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“Child raising is too much hassle.” she says

There are any number of contraceptives you can use in order not to conceive. Tie your tubes, go on the pill or the patch, condoms their are male and female or is it too much of a hassles to be responsible. Three out of four of her children are dead, I can only shake my head. She is not equipped mentally or emotionally to even be around children less know having children.

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Sick, cold hearted "lady". RIP little one(s)

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These people have no hearts.... inhuman , do not raise kids, do not like them , low berth rates...naturally most men and women are barren.. or no wombs...and artificial breasts.

It is shame.

Due to their extreme selfish behavior patterns

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Monster!!! One of thousands. JT you monitor all my posts. How many times have I said Monster now? It's because you keep exposing these stories.

I need these articles to keep coming. It's the only way Family Court judges are going to start listening to the men and awarding joint custody.

Not sure where society got this absurd idea that pregnancy would automatically transform a woman into a superior more qualified caregiver. Following this post will be countless women defending their gender based ego.

It's simple. Women's body perform the function of carrying the fetus. If she was running the streets, in the club, possessive and self-centered before pregnancy. She'll just revert to her normal self but now she's in charge of a child.

This is the result.

As always I thank JT for bringing these stories to light. Even if we do disagree at times please keep these articles coming. Someday men will be equal to women in society.

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Women like this need a hysterectomy. She doesn't need to be having children....damn monsters!

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Before launching into a contraception tirade, it is essential to figure out if she wanted the children, the father(s) wanted the children (unlikely), or if they were one, both or all just careless or insane.

Sure, she had options. But it was still men who impregnated her, wasn't it? The men get the lion's share of the blame for the pregnancies, because they surely knew what they were doing. But who was the father? Or who were the fathers? And where the hell were they?

I don't know if she is evil or crazy, but obviously the blame is on her for the boy's death. And three times now? She should have a choice of lots of jail or a little jail plus sterilization. Or if she is crazy, time in a mental ward plus sterilization. But the father(s) being irresponsible sods contributing to the whole situation, particularly for making babies they apparently did not want, should simply have the choice of jail or sterilization. It takes two to tango, but lets not forget its the man who leads the dance. But of course once the baby is made the ball is in the mother's court, and she fumbled bigger and last.

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She doesn't deserve solace -- the souls of her THREE dead babies do. I mean, okay... we don't know how the first child died, but given the neglect of the second and third it's probbly due to the 'hassle' she felt. Knowing the Japanese system she won't get more than a couple of years, if ANYTHING in terms of jail time, but I hope she gets at least ten. She can 'seek solace' from her bunk mate.

And yet another J-woman unfit to be called 'mother'. Unbelievable... three kids dead. I'm speechless.

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I thought when it came to kids it was One strike and you 're out. This women got three. Instead of getting close to all those online strangers for comfort, she should have gotten close that her children that are still alive. Clearly this family has a problem with child watch. The thing is, I think family issues like having children really get complicated. Whether they were pressured by other family to start having or they thought they wanted kids before they had kids, the Department of Child Services here obviously needs an overhaul. I know a lot of people personally feel that the US Gov is way to involved in raising kids now, but there is always the yahoo chatting alternative.

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The men get the lion's share of the blame for the pregnancies, because they surely knew what they were doing.

The lion's share? Are you serious? If a woman says 'No' to sex, it doesn't happen....she knew what she was doing, too.

And yet another J-woman unfit to be called 'mother'. Unbelievable... three kids dead. I'm speechless.

Oh, yes only in Japan.

Andrea Yates.

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Tragic, but again we kno no specifics.

She is a cold self-ctred btch? She is clinically schizophrenic? She was raped? Domestically abused? Abandoned?

Even normal women can't raise a child alone, post-partem is common, and there is a lot of stress involved. If alone I can imagine a borderline case tipped over the edge easily.

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Three times?

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A fine example of why parents who abuse/neglect their children need to be charged and punished.

Another fine example of how the system here is letting messed up moms with mental issues not having their needs addressed.

Sterile her.

And where is the father/fathers in all if this?

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She was married (to the father of all 4 boys I believe) but got divorced two years ago. Witnesses on the news said that she didn't change the baby's diapers etc. and was lazy. What I want to know is how these people sleep at night. How can a whole community notice what goes on and do nothing? Don't tell me that Japanese don't report things either because they seem to do a pretty good job of reporting noise complaints or gossiping to each other at the supermarket ;)

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Her second child fell from a balcony. She wasn`t responsible in the least?

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Hang on a minute...

Some of you are acting as though she's responsible for the deaths of all 3 children.

If her first child died a few days after birth, wouldn't she and the baby still have been in hospital? Which makes the death not her fault.

The second child died in a tragic accident - one which is all too common here in Japan as well as other countries, and if you recall the case of Eric Clapton's boy, can happen to anyone, because however much care is given, it only takes a couple of seconds.

Which would make her a mother who's lost 2 children, whose 3rd child (according to a poster here) is in care for reasons here unknown, and who is deeply troubled, depressed, probably neglects her own care never mind a child's, and is most certainly in need of some serious therapy and care herself.

No, she shouldn't have been left in the sole care of an infant. Whose fault is that? The family, the neighbours, the authorities, were aware things are not / may not be right, and did sod all.

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Lowly: "Even normal women can't raise a child alone, post-partem is common, and there is a lot of stress involved. If alone I can imagine a borderline case tipped over the edge easily."

Can you make the same excuses for three times? Sorry, but this woman was in chat rooms while her THIRD child lay dying. What's her response to police? "Raising children is a hassle". Sounds more like she was inconvenienced than suffering any trauma. We don't need to know any more details or make any more excuses for the likes of this woman -- she wants to treat human life so casually, she should be treated equally as such.

If it were the father would you be asking such questions about mentality? Probably not. For some weird reason a lot of people feel the need to try and rationalize the actions of a psychopath if it's a woman. Quite frankly I'm as sick of the weekly reports of mom's letting kids fall off balconies or leaving them at home alone while they go off to pachinko or just murdering them as I am sick of reading about the boyfriend of a divorcee killing her child(ren).

If she TRULY had psychological problems than she falls into the category of everyone else with psychological problems in Japan: NEED SUPPORT NOW!

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@Maria

Well said, Ma'am! Your post is a breath of fresh air among the usual hate-filled rants that always accompany tragic stories like this.

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@Maria

This forum always wants to hang some one for this and that so I think that most the people who post here are super human and never make mistakes nor are capable of being selfish and all those other bad human traits. I wish I could be as informed and pure as those ones.

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Not even sure what to say, idiot crazy mother?? Blame the internet?? No, not the internet, but this woman sounds very very evil!! RIP

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@Maria I think one of the main reason that many are ready to hang this lady is her quote at the end of the article:

Child raising is too much hassle.

This alone gives the image that she didnt really try to care for these babies. I agree with you about how people are talking about her in the comments, but I can understand why people are attacking her. So far, all the information on this page points to neglect not just some random accident.

Here is more detail:

Other news site say that the last child was removed after they found this child dead. The living child is in foster care because of the death of its younger brother. This woman was told that her child was sick and had a fever. Also the Police found data on her computers showing that she was in chat room constantly. She knew the baby had pneumonia and didnt take him to the hospital, she didnt even change his diaper before he died.

Fair enough, maybe people shouldnt be so aggressive about how they talk about this woman but in this case they do have the right too. This wasnt some random mistake. How do you go a whole day without feeding a baby and not think that something is wrong.

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So sad. I had only 1 child because of toxemia( a dangerous pregnancy related illness) and he was born premature by c-section, but he is now a healthy and happy young man. The only times he had accidents were when he was at school! I feel that women in Japan rely too much on their mothers to help them when they have a baby. I didn't have anyone to help me here in Japan but I asked a baby day care center to look after him when I was working.

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“I have sought solace in chatting on the Internet to get connected to other people for three years since I got depressed for losing my son in an accident,” broadcaster NHK quoted her as saying.

“Child raising is too much hassle.”

Oh, my blood is boiling!!!! Of all the stupid things I have heard in my life, this has to be one that beats even George Bush's idiocy. If child raising is too much of a hassle, THEN DON'T HAVE THEM. She sought solace on the internet since losing her son in an accident??? What is wrong with this person??? She had a baby RIGHT THERE!! Another chance. Insensitive moron!! Lock this one up and throw away the key! I don't care what her excuse was. Don't care one single bit.

Yumiko Takahashi knew that 19-month-old Neo was running a high fever when she checked on him on the afternoon of June 24 last year but left him lying on his bed untended, police said.

WHY????????? What about his diaper? What about feeding him? What about giving him medication? What about? What about? What about?????? I'm sorry, this was no accident. This was intentional. Throw her sorry butt in jail and never let her have children again.

This woman makes me sick! And what about the husband? Where was he in all of this? Weren't there any warning signs?? I don't think that this lady just started acting neglectful all of a sudden. Someone must have seen something and didn't react.

Seriously folks, Japan needs to educate these monster moms better. Every single week we have to hear about these stupid accidents that could have been avoided of more people paid closer attention to their children or the monster parents who are raising them and it is all so very, very sad. RIP little NEO.

Man, this just breaks my heart.

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Al - I appreciate your measured reply.

Re. your first comment, and with all due respect, I doubt she used any of those words at all, since she's Japanese.

JT translation, while excellent in terms of speed, is occasionally off the mark with certain word/phrase selections.

It certainly does raise an image. I can raise another one. What if she said - "Raising a child is incredibly hard and I don't think I can do it any more."

Nothing you said is counter to anything I wrote, except for that last part you wrote "...not think that something is wrong."

How do you know what she was thinking?

And I don't mean she murdered the kid, I mean that stress, shock, depression, mental illness, make people behave extremely irrationally.

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This forum always wants to hang some one for this and that so I think that most the people who post here are super human and never make mistakes nor are capable of being selfish and all those other bad human traits. I wish I could be as informed and pure as those ones.

Oh please, spare me your sanctimonious bs. Sure everyone makes mistakes, but don't you think letting your child die while screwing around on internet forums is a "mistake" worthy of some indignation? What are we supposed to do, pat her on the back and say "there, there, I know it's hard being a mother, you did your best".. Screw that. She deserves all the hate we can muster.

You think her other child falling from the balcony was a "tragic accident"?? I'll bet you 10,000 yen it was actually a "100% preventable accident" if she was actually looking after her child.

As for the first child, do you know it died in the hospital? I think it is fair to be a bit suspicious when 3 out of 4 of her kids are dead.

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Suspicious to have three babies die...

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netninja

I agree wholeheartedly with this dude

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“Child raising is too much hassle.”

Child raising certainly is a massive hassle. Anyone who thinks otherwise either doesn't have kids or is a liar. But it is pretty good fun at times too.

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I doubt she said "too much hassle". The original was probably along the lines of something like "sugoi tai hen da naa" which could translate as "too much hassle", but not unambiguously so, and it is not necessarily a bad thing for an exasperated parent to say.

In English when we say too much hassle, it usually has the meaning that something is very difficult or inconvenient, and consequently that we are giving up (corresponding to something like "tai hen dakara akiramechau yo").

It's better find the original if you're going to criticize what someone said, rather than quoting a translation. That's like being one step away in the game of telephone.

This poor woman is going to live a life filled with regret.

I think that after losing that first child, she was not in a sound mind any more. Ignoring a child who has a fever and not noticing that the child died is a sign of mental illness. One definition of mental illness is that it's a condition which prevents an individual from functioning.

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smithinjpn-

No excuses. If you re-read my post, here I'll quote it for you,

Tragic, but again we kno no specifics. She is a cold self-ctred btch? She is clinically schizophrenic? She was raped? Domestically abused? Abandoned? Even normal women can't raise a child alone, post-partem is common, and there is a lot of stress involved. If alone I can imagine a borderline case tipped over the edge easily.

, You will see the very first of the "excuses" I offered was "cold self-centered b!!ch"

I would like to clarify for you the main points of my post as "we know no specifics" and at the end, "if she's a borderline case and raising a kid alone, I can imagine her going completely crazy"

Does that sound like an excuse to you? I meant I can imagine it, so I'm not surprised that this happens on planet earth. Not like, poor you, go ahead and do it again, lady.

No excuses. But it is useful to understand why problems occur in order to solve them/ avoid them happening to (or around) you, and not waste your energy running about shocked and outraged.

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How irresponsible! RIP little Neo.

Child raising is too much hassle.

Then try not to get pregnant.

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Call me cynical, but I highly doubt her child falling from the apartment was an accident and I'm skeptical that the first child died of natural causes. This woman's callous outlook on child rearing is borderline psychopathic. I don't even blame her as much as the authorities that let it happen. She should have been in jail a long time ago.

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This forum always wants to hang some one for this and that so I think that most the people who post here are super human and never make mistakes nor are capable of being selfish and all those other bad human traits. I wish I could be as informed and pure as those ones.

@scoobydo - Of all the nonsense! You have got to be kidding me. This one willfully chatted endlessly while her poor baby had a fever and didn't even check the baby. Yes, everyone makes mistakes. But this can not and must not be looked at as ONE! She had a choice. Chat or take care of baby. Tell someone that you can't take care of the baby. No, no, no, I'm sorry you have it all wrong. We are not super human. We do make mistakes! But not like that. That is not a mistake. That was intentional. And pay, oh how she should pay. NOt one bit of sympathy for this MONSTER!

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OMFG WTF?!! No real words to express myself right now, especially after reading Sophie's post. ugh..

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@lucabrasi - A breath of fresh air??????? Are you on Neptune? That is not a breath of fresh air. Sorry, Maria. I know you mean well, but sole responsibility belongs to HER. Yes, as I have said earlier in my post, where was the husband in all of this. But fact remains. She was the one who was taking care of the child and is responsible. She was the one who got on the chat service and intentionally didn't take care of the child. That is called MURDER in my book.

I believe that JT might have the story a bit wrong. I heard that she lost the second baby because she didn't take care of it and it was taken to child services. Did anyone else see that? I heard that was in the newspaper so I could be wrong. Sorry, if that is the case but it does warrant checking into of someone can.

I'm sorry, I have a lot of sympathy for mothers who make a slight mistake and their children pay for it. BUT THIS IS NOT A MISTAKE! This is willful neglect of a child.

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when reading this, I don't see the problem with the Mother Only, but also with the comments here. Such things are supposed to say something about the society change, where people are abandoned and living a solitary life full of depression. I think people don't just kill, or leave their loved ones to die because they want to, but because they have no strength nor hope. I don't think it is right to Criticize people for their wickedness and blame them with bitter words, when you don't even love or care about them...

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for pictures of the poor child and the monster:

http://www.asahi.com/kansai/news/OSK201206300014.html

she left him for 21 hours after he died. he was lying on the bed, in soiled diapers, dead for 21 hours. the daycare people come to her house in the morning to ask why she didn't bring the kids to day care, and she said the little one soiled his diaper and she's going to wash him first and then take him to daycare. she called after a few hours and said that a terrible thing happened. indeed, it makes one's blood boil

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@NetNinjaJUN. 30, 2012 - 08:39AM JST

Monster!!! One of thousands. JT you monitor all my posts. How many times have I said Monster now? It's because you keep exposing these stories.

I need these articles to keep coming. It's the only way Family Court judges are going to start listening to the men and awarding joint custody.

Not sure where society got this absurd idea that pregnancy would automatically transform a woman into a superior more qualified caregiver. Following this post will be countless women defending their gender based ego.

It's simple. Women's body perform the function of carrying the fetus. If she was running the streets, in the club, possessive and self-centered before pregnancy. She'll just revert to her normal self but now she's in charge of a child.

This is the result.

As always I thank JT for bringing these stories to light. Even if we do disagree at times please keep these articles coming. Someday men will be equal to women in society.

It's so sad and frustrating to read articles like this over and over. Something must be terribly wrong in a society where laws protect more the old than the young, where a child murdered or left to die is less important than a man in his 60's. I've been discussing this subject with a very close Japanese friend of mine who is a historian and I've been told something about the value between a young child and a senior in Asian countries, especially Japan, Korea and China. It would explain a bit why we are still dealing with weak useless laws that generally allow child abusers/murderers walk free or with a suspended sentence. Killing/Abusing a child is too different from killing a grown adult. It seems they place more value on the eldest. Complicated issue but I hope you get the idea.

I really hope Joint custody can become law someday soon. Not all women are qualified to have or raise children. I have seen single fathers that would put those women to shame. The whole idea of (some) irresponsible mentally unstable or just simply evil women being given the preference over responsible, devoted and loving fathers makes me shudder.

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**Some of you are acting as though she's responsible for the deaths of all 3 children.

If her first child died a few days after birth, wouldn't she and the baby still have been in hospital? Which makes the death not her fault.

The second child died in a tragic accident - one which is all too common here in Japan as well as other countries, and if you recall the case of Eric Clapton's boy, can happen to anyone, because however much care is given, it only takes a couple of seconds.

Which would make her a mother who's lost 2 children, whose 3rd child (according to a poster here) is in care for reasons here unknown, and who is deeply troubled, depressed, probably neglects her own care never mind a child's, and is most certainly in need of some serious therapy and care herself.

No, she shouldn't have been left in the sole care of an infant. Whose fault is that? The family, the neighbours, the authorities, were aware things are not / may not be right, and did sod all.**

The case of Eric Clapton has no bearing in this. The window was left open by a cleaner, not Eric. Eric has hasn't had three children die in his care.

I am willing to give that the first could have been a tragic mistake. The second? Nope. Falling out of a window, more so when she's already had one child die on here, is neglect. You'd think she's be a helicopter mom after everything. Now this? The women is clearly insane. The husband is clearly insane to keep knocking this woman up. The system here is clearly insane for a) not addressing her mental health needs and b) not punishing mothers like her who have children die due to neglect.

21 hours that poor child was left there died, In a soiled diaper. 21 hours without even thinking of feeding or changing a diaper because she was so damn busy online. Daycare? Why does this women even get daycare if she's not working? Many others out there who would also love to just drop off their kids and have someone else raise them as it seems this woman was doing. Don't have kids if you don't want to look after them. Clearly this woman didn't understand what goes into being a mom.

Shame of you for even trying to defend her. Three dead kids is NOT a coincidence.

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“Child raising is too much hassle.”

How about taking birth control pills or an IUD or having your partner wrap it up. No need to take out your mental issues on an innocent child.

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This mother is sick and not well. She shouldn't get pregnant again n over again. Since she finds looking after child is hassle. I totally agree with papasmurfinjapan. Ligation is good for her.

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Maria: "It certainly does raise an image. I can raise another one. What if she said - "Raising a child is incredibly hard and I don't think I can do it any more."

Another person offering potential excuses for the woman. I'm sorry, but there's no way they mistranslated THAT badly, although I will admit they do not always translate well. The translation was curt, and to the point, which indicates to me the woman said JUST what they translated, "Kodomo wo sodaterunoha mendoukusai".

Stop defending this woman. She is beyond scum.

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You have been trying hard to hide your ire, but the block capitals do suggest a certain irritation with the situation.

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How many children did this woman have? Is it three or four? I have heard that one of them is in custody because she couldn't take care of it? What about the husband in all of this? Why is there no mention of him? If the other child was put in protective services then why was she not monitored? Can someone verify that their was another child like this?

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But seriously how many kids did this one have and what were the circumstances surrounds them? One died, one in protective serves, one dies while she chats. and one more???? It seems like we have two or three different stories up!

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Protective services or whatever it is called.

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The story seems quite clear, if you were to actually read what people write and visit their accompanying, informative links. 4 children. One story. Several posters with atrocious punctuation diarrhea, thankfully eradicated.

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Hang on a minute... Some of you are acting as though she's responsible for the deaths of all 3 children.

You're right.

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So, please bear with me Maria. There are four kids. What happened to each of them>

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@Hima - You're probably most able to find the information - what happened to the infant who died a few days after birth?

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Okay, so one dies at birth. A second one falls out of a window or a balcony. The third one is taken into protective services and the forth is the one that just died? Is that right?

What about the father in this case? Wasn't there any kind of social services talking with her after they took away the one child and the other fell out of a window? Those two things alone would create some worry I would think from social services or whatever organization deals these kinds of things? Where were they in all of this?

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The lad with the fever died last June - 2011. The living child was taken into custody after that, as far as I can recall.

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Sad on so many differing levels. It would be interesting to know if the son who fell off the balcony was unsupervised at the time. What involvement did Social Services have.....or was it another well, shes lost a son and is in hell now so we dont need to punish her any more kind of thinking?

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I wonder why he didn't have custody in the first place? Was he just someone who was not interested in his kids?

Uhm... Because this is Japan and in 99.9% of divorces the custody is automatically awarded to the mother? She'd have to be dead, imprisoned, in a (mental) hospital or give up custody on her own accord before the father becomes eligible and then he would still need to win the kid(s) over from the mother's parents who are next in line. Didn't you know?

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Arrested on suspicion of neglect,now thats an understatement!

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I cant believe this news. How could anyone harm or neglect a child. Whats wrong with society. I hug and kiss my son a hundred times a day and I still want more. Children are incredible. They just need tons of love and guidance.

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I do not know where or why some people here are going after the dad, to many fathers are ex'ed out of their kid's lives when mommy gets them after divorce...

Next, it's not a single life here it's THREE!! ONE, TWO and THREE!!! THREE lives lost to THREE babies!!!!

If she really could not deal with raising kids then I agree don't have them!!!! Oh wait there are those on here that seem to think its the mans fault she has these kids... Well she could have given custody to daddy!! Novak thought there!!

But, wait there is another option...adoption !!!

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She is obviously mentally challenged or a bottom feeder of the intellectual gene pool...poor kids. This once again screams how the Japanese system of excluding fathers after divorce and no joint custody is WRONG!!! Another parent can detect these problems and intervene. Also in our country the first "accident" at her negligence would have had her on the radar of Childrens Services. In fact they would probably take her children and monitor her. We have a (sometimes over zealous) protection agency for Children here do they not have such a thing in Japan?

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The babies die but the father never gets the blame. It looks to me like he abandoned the babies first. But he can just skate with no punishment? Seems a bit odd that the one that fed this baby for months gets all of it, and its forbidden that we criticize the father.

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Hate to be cynical but after reading up on this, I bet the three year old's death was down to neglect too. Neighbours reported seeing the baby ''unchanged and dirty' and evidence of 'lazy parenting'. Why wasn't this woman under the glare of Social Services? Japanese Law needs to grown some teeth and start protecting the rights of it's most vulnerable. Stop mollycoddling neglectful parents and charge them.

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Should eventually come to know her background primarily through local weekly tabloids. Would be interested to learn about her upbringing - relationship with her parents in particular.

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Yes, this makes me sick indeed, but all too common a story in this country recently........

People's lives are FAR too controlled by their jobs and materialism, and forget the things that really matter in life.

We seriously need to DESTROY salaryman culture and replace it with family culture!!!!!

There IS something seriously wrong with this woman, and even MORE seriously wrong with the society she was raised in!!!!

And the father???? Probably too concerned with his precious office work and drinking with his boss to even care. Salarymen shouldn't have children either.

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Two mothers sitting on a park bench last week chatting- phones out, the works. One of their lads takes a nose dive behind my back (I babysit my own lad and watch every kid in the park like Superman). Anyway this kid about 4 lands on his head and screams itai... I pick the kid up and check his vitals/eyes and I tell the mother to get him a CAT scan. Mother says OK Gaijin with a smile... back to chatting. Kid is screaming for 30 minutes itai... I hope I am making point.

As a Dad myself who works I don't think we can fight this anymore guys. Parenting skills and care has taken a dive in many places. The Internet... Jesus I'm writing on it. This woman needs help but I doubt will she will change and she will never see prison. I would say implicate a foster care system in Japan but their culture is against that. However, the teachers at my kids Hoiken are awesome so don't be quick to judge on the women... I have noticed (no offense) the lower class as in the USA are crappy parents. She may have no remorse but there is a social effect here...that the woman cares more about a stranger through a PC than here own kid so I hope the docs here use her sad case (and the 3 dead souls) and study up...and perhaps hold a protest to get the guv to wake up for foster care. Cmon Japanese, Brad and Angelina did it, you can too.

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The babies die but the father never gets the blame. It looks to me like he abandoned the babies first. But he can just skate with no punishment? Seems a bit odd that the one that fed this baby for months gets all of it, and its forbidden that we criticize the father.

@Opiniohated - How do you know? You don't know that at all and are just assuming. It seems to me that you have male issues. You want to make any excuse to blame the male.

Fact is. They are divorced. The court gave her parent's right. End of story!

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I would leave it up to the courts to assign blame and punishment/treatment.

For various reasons I am also involved with protective services, they are currently looking after son due to me spending 2-months in Hospital and recovering from a major surgery.

Found them rather good and they do checkups and contacts regularly, atleast in my City. By law though they can't enter the property unless given permission, so it is easy to run them off at the doorstep without letting them see inside the Ap.. etc.

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Some people here have no children so the idiotic comments they make defending this horrible, evil, senseless computer chat loving, not giving a rat's ass about her own children, do not surprise me on bit! Japan is a rich country!!! Very rich!! This is no Laos, Cambodia, Niger, Peru, Haiti ppor ass country! Many parts of Japan have free medical care for children until age 13! So what excuse did this evil woman meeting sexual partners for ¥¥¥¥ have as to not even care about the babies she helped pop out into those cold evil world?? She was not depressed! She was smiling at the tv cameras!! Depressed people do not go out shopping and smile at tv cameras!! She is just a selfish pig! IMHO

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Oops! That was one bit! Not on bit! I hate typing on my IPhone to JT!! Sorry JT I know I should get an iPad soon but must wait for prices to come down!

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@my2sense, it would have been funny if you called the police at 110!!!

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Oh, by the way, don't misunderstand. The father is most likely a scumbag.I am not sure if he was the father of all four children or not, but should have been terribly suspicious of her having one child in social services. With her wonderful track record I am sure that if he wanted to, he could have taken this child from her in family court, but he didn't and we have no idea why now? I think, even in Japan where mother's get the children in 75~80% of the contested divorces this would have been a slam dunk for him. But remember we don't know anything about him. He might have a criminal record? He might be a yakuza? We just don't know. Is he the father of one child or all of them? Was he trying to get custody? We just don't know. Therefore we can't just assume some things, and not others. Choosing to assume that he has some fault in this is ridiculous. She was in charge of the child. If anyone is to blame it is the mother and child services. As for the father, I would rather spit on him than anything else. But I can't lay blame on him, because I know nothing about him. I can lay blame on her because she was responsible and the child was in her care.

Lay blame where it lies and let's stop making excuses. We are an excuse ridden society, and the people who are blaming the father or previously negative relations with men, are just letting their emotions run roughshod over their logic.

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Opinions of this case should not be clouded by gender issues at all. It goes with who is responsible and that was the MONSTER MOTHER. She was responsible for the child. The child was sick. She chatted on the internet, and the baby died. She is responsible. That's it.

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Another week another child...japan come on, theres a problem here.

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TokyoHipHop: "Another week another child...japan come on, theres a problem here."

The saddest part is it's WAY worse than that... we're only hearing about this because it's sensational: this scum of a woman preferred chat rooms to human life, and it was her third child to die of neglect (okay, so we don't know the circumstances of the FIRST death). I'm quite sure this happens a lot more often than is reported on this or other sites.

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Opinionhated: "The babies die but the father never gets the blame."

The father's not to blame because he's not to blame, bottom line. He was denied custody by court of law, which granted this clearly psychopathic woman custody instead -- great ending! I suppose you blame the fathers for the mothers of the 3 and 4 year olds who died in the water duct earlier this week?

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elbudamex:

Some people here have no children so the idiotic comments they make defending this horrible, evil, senseless computer chat loving, not giving a rat's ass about her own children

You seem to think that just because some people don't have children, they must be cold-hearted. Get off your high horse.

There are many folks out there who would make great parents but, for one reason or another, can't have children. And here we have a strange woman having babies willy-nilly and not bothering to act like a mother.

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Maria, I didn't see your post until tonight. I've looked at 8-10 sources, none say what the baby that died right after birth was afflicted with , just 'shusan chokugo byouki de' . The only quote I've found so far from the mother is -

[平成21年に当時4歳だった長男を事故で失い、子育てのやる気がなくなってしまった。癒しが欲しかっタ」

She lost all interest in child rearing and wanted healing.

The daycare center she uses told her to take the boy to the hospital and get him treated. It seems he had pneumonia.

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Just google her...the pic worth a thousand words... It is very clear what kind of girl she is...and what kind of husband she had too. All in all its the child services to blame for letting that have children...

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She had a long fingers in typing and talking people she met on net wow chatting much more important to her, poor little one RIP.

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I think her last comment sums it up. use contraceptives. RIP to the little fellow.

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It's the husband's fault, or child services, or the governments, or the hormones, or men in general, or modern society in general. Can't be her.

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Mommy seeking pity from the net while child is dying. How much pity is she getting now? She's quite infamous around the world, considering the amount of countries this story ran in.

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“Child raising is too much hassle.”......... wow i wanna kick this ladies ass so bad.

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The painful update is that this woman seems to have been adicted to chatting with multiple foreigners based overseas late in the evening and was basically asleep througout the day. It emotionally kills me when I hear reports of deaths of small children at the fault of their parents whether it be due to violence or neglect. So extremely cruel, so extremely sad.

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You need a license to teach, drive a car, operate heavy machinery yet anyone can have a child.

I'm a parent myself and sure kids are a lot of work and sometimes you wish they came with an off switch but as with anything in life you take out what you put in. I taught my son how to use the computer and now I have someone to play Minecraft with. ^_^

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then dont get pregnant! if child raising is hassle ....

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Do you know what's way less hassle than child rearing? Birth control.

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MineCraft? Really? You couldn't teach him how to play League of Legends? Put some hair on his chest.

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lock her up

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This is not a mother...just a sperm receptacle. Mothers are very special people and the "hassle," suck it up until they fly the coop. The system failed this little angel... after two sibling's deaths?????

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Yumiko Takahashi knew that 19-month-old Neo was running a high fever when she checked on him on the afternoon of June 24 last year but left him lying on his bed untended, police said.

It sounds like there are two victims: one an innocent baby boy neglected by his mother and the second the mother herself, a victim of internet addiction, lost to a world of zero responsibility and no ties to her own real world. It can happen to anyone, especially to someone who had already lost so much.

My thoughts are with her children.

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That's just awful. She left her baby with a fever unattended until the next morning. I can understand going on the net for an hour and then checking a child again, but to spend such a long time without checking on their own child, it's just...wrong.

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She says, “child raising is too much hassle.”

That is among the most self-absorbed comments I have ever heard!

How would she feel if she were locked in a cell and ignored until she perished???

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And it took them the third child dead for the authority to take action? Third time a charm? The first one might have been an accident, but when the second child also found dead, surely the social security people should take note and do something about her. Clearly this one is sick in the head. And if she is sane, I wonder if she has some diabolic tendency. Having children a hassle? What kind of attitude is that. It is a hard work, no doubt. But when she said hassle, it's like someone shoved the children into her unwilling care, instead of she's getting pregnant as a result of her own action. If it's too much of a hassle, go have the ovaries removed.

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