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Father arrested after 21-month-old son starves to death

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Police in Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture, on Tuesday arrested a 25-year-old man over the death of his 21-month-old son who died of starvation in April.

According to police, the suspect, Ken Takadate, a demolition worker, did not give his oldest son Yuto sufficient nourishment for several days, Sankei Shimbun reported. An autopsy showed that Yuto died of malnutrition and dehydration and that he weighed only eight kilograms.

After separating from his wife earlier this year, Takadate lived alone with his son. On Sunday April 8, Takadate left Yuto at home while he went out with his friends. When he returned home early the next morning, Takadate noticed that Yuto was unconscious and called 119.

The boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The hospital notified police that this was a case of possible child abuse.

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The hospital notified police that this was a case of possible child abuse.

It was! Poor child

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He murdered his kid because he didn't want to be bothered. Poor child was getting in the way of his desired lifestyle

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Unusual that the father had the child

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Oldest son, I hope the other baby is with the mom and has a better chance

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Today's family murder report is a particularly disgusting one.

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Takadate left Yuto at home while he went out with his friends.

That's the part that seals it for me : it shows he was not just irresponsible, he really didn't care.

Use condom or take your responsibility for pit's sake !

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Animal how can you do this to your own child is just beyond me..

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My son is turning 3 but only weighs 11kg. He was a picky eater, and hardly sleeps.

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@haloerika - My son is turning 3 but only weighs 11kg. He was a picky eater, and hardly sleeps.

Well, that's your fault. Give him what food he likes and make him go to be early. He is 3 years old and you are his parent. It seems like you are blaming him for not sleeping and eating. It's your fault!

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Where are the grandparents? Siblings? He could have asked them to look after his son while he was away. Poor child. May you rest in peace.

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Michael Jackson, “Oldest son, I hope the other baby is with the mom and has a better chance”

It’s possible there is a younger son, or a female sibling but I don’t think there is another baby. Japanese reports also only mentioned the parents separated and don’t mention any other children. In Japanese, the first born boy is called the “chonan” oldest son, and the first born girl is called the “chojo” oldest daughter, from birth and regardless of whether any following siblings are ever born. Less than capable translators just render that directly into English but it doesn’t necessarily work depending on the sibling situation.

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Boy Next Door, “Where are the grandparents? Siblings?”

I don’t know, do you?

”He could have asked them to look after his son while he was away”

Then again, maybe he couldn’t if they were not nearby or if the are not alive or never existed (maybe he’s an only child). That’s of course still no excuse for treating his son in that fashion. I hate to think what the poor thibg went through until he died. Wish the father had at very least given up the child to authorities to be raised in a facility for orphans and children whose parents are incapable.

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Rest in Peace! I wish you were born to better parents who could have helped you live a long and prosperous life.

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RiP. But i know this sounds bad, imagine the child has to spend his life with such an animal.

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Japan needs social services.

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According to the Sankei shinbun, the son's nursery school contacted the city hall in february to let them know they were "worried" about him because his clothes "wet with urine, and still wore it the next day". A city worker tried to contact the father by phone, or going to his home, but stopped because he couldn't get in touch.

A women living nearby also said she saw the father being violent toward his wife, while she was visibly trying to protect the child.

https://www.sankei.com/region/news/180606/rgn1806060005-n1.html

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Another gruesome tale of child abuse. From Bintaro's link it sounds like various neglect had been going on for a while.

fwiw, the bottom end of the normal weight range for a 21 month old Japanese boy is 9kg.

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@Goodlucktoyou

"Japan needs social services." that's right! and more maladjustment services.

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Well "educator", the article calls the boy his "oldest son" not his "oldest child". That means he has a "younger son". Not too hard to figure out

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And "educator", the dead boy is only 21 months old. That would make any younger son about a year old at most, assuming he was from the same mother. So yes, he would be a baby. Even if the younger son was from a different mother, it would not be out of place to call him a baby, being less than 2.

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Police in Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture, on Tuesday arrested a 25-year-old man 

Horrible. That wasn't a man. That was a 25- year-old boy who needs discipline. Hopefully he will get that in prison.

Farewell young baby. I hope you're in a better place than being with that fool.

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News like that just kills me.

How could a man do that? It's beyond understanding.

For those of us who can't see their kids after divorce, it's doubly sad. It's already almost impossible for a man to get custody.

But here's the thing. Usually when people separate, only one parent takes care of the child. I have no idea why the mother didn't take the child - i think it would have been easy for her to go to police or the city office and gain access and live with the child.

When so many people can't have kids, or some do but don't get to see them, it's just so horrible that a man - a human can treat a child like that.

I'd like to talk with his "friends". Did they know he had a child at home when he was out with them? If so, why didn't they do anything.

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A complete and utter failure as a father and a human being.

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Michael Jackson, “Well "educator", the article calls the boy his "oldest son" not his "oldest child". That means he has a "younger son". Not too hard to figure out”

And if you read my explanation, you’d understand one can have a chonan, oldest son, without having a jinan, second son. You could ask the translators whether they confirmed that there is indeed a second son. As for your second post about the issue of calling any second son a baby, I hadn’t addressed that point at all, so I’ve no idea what you’re going on about there.

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I don't have to confirm anyting I just went by what's in the article why should I speculate about who did what behind the scenes, and in your own post you said I don't think there is another baby so all that talk is just your opinion what should I worry about your opinion when I have the article in front of me

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Michael Jackson, “that talk is just your opinion what should I worry about your opinion when I have the article in front of me”

Yes, it’s just my opinion based on not having seen any mention of other children in Japanese media reports of this case, and on my 40 years of deep experience with how the Japanese language is used. You, of course, are free to believe that every article you read has been well-translated. Interestingly, in some Japanese reports on the Funato case, the dead girl from the wife’s previous relationship is referred to as chojo, oldest daughter, and the son they had together is referred to as chonan, eldest son.

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Well "educator", the article calls the boy his "oldest son" not his "oldest child". That means he has a "younger son".

No it doesn't, and Educator has clearly explained why not.

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Thanks, Strangerland, I knew some people would understand ;-)

I must add that when typing on my iPhone, I have a bad habit of dropping the macron or “u” to indicate a long vowel. That’s okay for instance for place names such as Tokyo, but I should have used chounan 長男 and choujo 長女 above.

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I would also add that a chounan is a chounan and a choujo is a choujo from the minute of birth and are noted as such in the family register, regardless of whether the couple ever have any more children. When twins are born, if both are boys, the first out is the chounan, and the second is the jinan 次男, if girls the first the choujo and the second is the jijo次女. And so on down the line in the case of triplets etc.

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when typing on my iPhone, I have a bad habit of dropping the macron or “u” to indicate a long vowel. That’s okay for instance for place names such as Tokyo, but I should have used chounan 長男 and choujo 長女 above.

I try to use the kanji and hiragana, then the romaji, but without the macron (thanks, I didn't know that word). I figure it's only relevant to those who are actually trying to learn Japanese, and the hiragana will tell them that anyways.

When twins are born, if both are boys, the first out is the chounan, and the second is the jinan 次男, if girls the first the choujo and the second is the jijo次女.

Interesting, I've never thought about that. If it's a boy and a girl, are they chonan and chojo?

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Strangerland,

I should probably always add the hiragana but sometimes am too lazy ;-)

Regarding mixed (?) twins, yes, it would be chounan and choujo regardless of the order they come out. If the boy was born first, the girl would refer to him as her elder brother and and he would refer to her as his younger sister, etc. I know a family with quadruplets who are in birth order: choujo, jijo, chounan, sanjo.

They nan and jo are used in another way, not as a counter for birth order but as a total. For instance a family with four sons and three daughters would be said to have yonnan sanjo 四男三女.

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Back on topic please.

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