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Couple arrested for leaving 2 children unattended while they played pachinko; 1 child dies

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Disgusting parenting

8 ( +15 / -7 )

A 35-year-old man and his teenage wife

Um what?

0 ( +15 / -15 )

More tragic neglect and abuse in Japan by selfish … “parents”.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Unclear here with: “leaving two children...”

Their two children, her, his ?

and

“a 2-year-old boy and…”.

Their 2-year-old, his, her… ?

3 ( +9 / -6 )

Teenage mother / wife and the guy is 35....

So it means he got married with a teenager which is illegal in japan.

Strange story but really awful if this is true about the children. To often children are treated bad because parents have other priorities.

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

And the government actually wanted to introduce casino's to the nation. As if these gambling places aren't troublesome enough already

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@albert

Article 731 to 737 of the Japanese Civil Code stipulates the following requirements: The male partner must be 18 years of age or older and the female partner must be 16 years of age or older. A person who is under 20 years of age cannot get married in Japan without a parent’s approval.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

This sad event happens several times every year. So messed up. It seems accepted just like brake / accel machigai that ends up killing a couple of innocent kids several times a year too. What a society when such things are just shrugged off.

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If it was a 35 year old woman with a teenage boy husband we'd be berating and criticising the woman

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The age of majority is now 18, so can we assume that she is a parent of two children aged at most 17?

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Mitsuhiro Abe and his wife are suspected of leaving a 2-year-old boy and his 4-month-old brother alone at the home Wednesday in Kushiro, Hokkaido, from around 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. while they went to a pachinko parlor, the police said.

Substitute "pachinko" her with another social ill, say with illicit drugs sales, and how would the penalties, outrage and calls to action differ?

Pachinko is an addictive, regressive economic drain on the lower income members of society.

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A 35-year-old man and his teenage wife

Excuse me?!! His "teenage wife"? What the actual hell?

Aside from that extremely worrying fact, they also have two children under the age of 5, whom they left to go gambling. Yeah...great parenting all around. Not. Arrest these two poor excuses for humans and throw the book at them. I hope they are severely punished. Disgusting.

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Another pachinko related death of a child. I remember one from a few years ago where the parents put a baby under the seat on their scooter in the middle of summer while they played pachinko. Of course the baby died. There have been many cases of kids being left at home alone and left in cars while their parents play pachinko. Is the problem poor parenting or gambling addiction? Or, is it a combination of both?

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So, mathematically... shes at most 17, meaning her first child was born when she was 15, possibly pregnant at 14... to a man in his 30's...

Excuse me?

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Please sterilize both of them.

Then lock them up for life.

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Often happens in Japan. That young even teenage girls are getting married with 35, 50, 60 yo or older guys.

So she is teenager which means under 18 and her 2yo so she got pregnant at 14yo and 10yo at his brother.

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Teenage wife? Jesus. I’m 35 and felt like a pedophile having a lunch date with a 25yo. Poor kids.

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AlbertToday  07:17 am JST

Teenage mother / wife and the guy is 35....

So it means he got married with a teenager which is illegal in japan.

Strange story but really awful if this is true about the children. To often children are treated bad because parents have other priorities.

actually it’s not illegal, the age of legal marriage for male and female is different. The girl clearly needed help. Issues with her parents, leading her to leave home? Maybe they left her alone? Was this man controlling and abusive? A man grooming her. We don’t know enough about her situation, apart from, they shouldn’t have left the kids. These articles that Japantoday post are really just tabloid articles, no background information that gives nuance.

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We don’t know what age she was when they actually got married, but we can calculate she got pregnant with her first child at age 14/15 max, with a guy who was 32/33? Isn’t there something wrong with that? If that is legal, it shouldn’t be.

Now at most she is 17, which is legally not an adult. He should be fully responsible for the death of this child.

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The story does not specify to whom the children were born...the young woman might be the stepmother of the 2 children.

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gogogoToday 06:41 am JST

Disgusting parenting

Disgusting lack of parenting really.

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First of all the man should be charged for marrying an underaged wife. I don't blame so much the teenage mum for the ignorance, but the 35 year dad?

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Is the teenage girl 18, 17 or 15? Why leaving that info out? Pretty sure they can legally add that to the article.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Again.

It's just what happens in Japan, in Summer.

RIP.

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First of all the man should be charged for marrying an underaged wife.

If she was underaged surely they wouldn't be allowed to get married in the first place, unless the town officials were complete idiots. Oh wait...

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Is the teenage girl 18, 17 or 15? Why leaving that info out? Pretty sure they can legally add that to the article.

They might as well say her name. The guy's facebook pictures are all over Yahoo news, so it's only a matter of time before the wife is identified.

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If the idea was to protect the teen wife, it failed. If you release the husbands name, her name is also known.

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The Japan news states he is not the father of the children so whilst still disturbing he did not get her pregnant, based on the age of youngest child it would appear she was pregnant with someone elses child when she married him.

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The Japan news states he is not the father of the children so whilst still disturbing he did not get her pregnant, based on the age of youngest child it would appear she was pregnant with someone elses child when she married him.

One question; so? What relevance does this have to the issue?

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

To the issue nothing, to the comments speculating on her age when he got her pregnant everything.

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qazwsx

Fully agreed. This whole story is screwed up. RIP to the defenseless child...

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

These parents are a disgrace. So sad...lock them up!!!

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