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Child abuse cases at orphanages, foster families rise in Japan

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 some kids who were unable to live with their own families due to abuse falling victim again

Doesnt paint a pretty picture about Japanese hone life or family unity. My sister has been fostering abused kids for decades. It is quite rare to hear about further abuse in foster care.

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“A civilization is measured by how it treats its weakest members”...

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@AgentX - I love that quote! If foster families are going to abuse adopted kids, why are they adopting them in the first place?

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They should not let mentally derranged male adults work near kids, whether in such centers and even early childhood teachers are creepy to have weird male adults near kids.

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It's been obvious for years, decades that twisted sexually depraved individuals use adoption foster care as a easy access to their goal, small children. My wife and I have been talking about getting a discarded child, But the hoops we have to jump through are too much. Deservedly so. Its easier to sponsor a child in India than adopt a child in Japan.

before you attack me I have three very happy grandchildren and an income to accomodate and love a new child who's life has not started on a good footing. Still we try to jump through the hoops but as a gaigin the hoops seem smaller.

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@ toshihiro - there's a big difference between fostering and adopting. Foster parents take care of children until someone else adopts them. They get paid for doing this unless I'm mistaken.

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It seems to me that Japan's "not my business" culture contributes to this issue.

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In fiscal 2016, 128 children in 87 cases suffered physical, psychological or sexual abuse from orphanage personnel or foster parents, up from 86 children in 62 cases in fiscal 2014, the data from the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry showed.

Meanwhile, child consultation centers across Japan handled a record 133,778 child abuse cases in fiscal 2017, according to separate preliminary data from the ministry.

The data and years didn't co-relate but when you think 128 kids out of 133,000 is still a pretty low percentages.

ToshihiroToday 08:53 am JST

@AgentX - I love that quote! If foster families are going to abuse adopted kids, why are they adopting them in the first place?

Just a guess the Government pays the foster families to look after these kids, so these unconfirmed answer is money.

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Kenji Fujimori - They should not let mentally derranged male adults work near kids, whether in such centers and even early childhood teachers are creepy to have weird male adults near kids.

You will be surprises to learn that the majority of child abuse cases are committed by females.

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this sad, i use to do volunteer work for orphanges.

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They should not let mentally derranged male adults work near kids, whether in such centers and even early childhood teachers are creepy to have weird male adults near kids.

Sexist and dangerous. Women abuse children too, so don't be lulled into a false sense of security just because a woman is around. Most men do not abuse kids.

Sex offenders register, criminal record checks, and time spent assessing whether people are suitable to foster or adopt would be a more useful approach.

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Almost all the Japanese mothers I know thinks occasional ass-whooping is fine to discipline them.

Fine, I get it, but sometimes your emotions get ahold of you, and the simple ass-whopping will turn to abuse and become a regular thing.

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"After the abuse cases came to light, municipalities instructed the facilities to prevent a recurrence or stepped up support for foster parents, the ministry said."

Other than the above was anyone arrested and prosecuted for abusing these children? I saw no such statistics indicating it in the article.

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