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Ibaraki woman arrested for drowning 13-day-old son in bathtub

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A 36-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday for allegedly drowning her 13-day-old son in the bathtub at their home in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Police said Junko Yamamoto, 36, allegedly killed her son around noon.

Her husband, 52, found the boy unconscious and took him to hospital. The suspect was quoted by police as saying: “I just couldn't face up to child-raising.”

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Well, might as well you could not face life imprisonment if their is...

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Disgusted! I guess it happens everywhere, but this kind of thing seems to happen more and more regularly in Japan. Is there no help or support for these people? It's unfortunate, but clear that, the baby hatch system needs to be increased to a national program. In reality it should be an available service at every doctor's clinic in the country. Sad!

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Pilak, she will probably be found mentally incompetent and sent to a hospital for a few years.

Sad story. I can't imagine how her husband and family feels.

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Post partum depression is serious, as you can see from this case. My God! It is also sad; she probably wasn't informed about options of adoption and similar information. But it is still sad

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Is, killing, the answer to all life's problems!!?

Can't get a job? Kill your parents!

Can't get a date? Kill your neighbor or better yet go on a killing spree!

Can't deal with loneliness and/or shame? Commit suicide!

Get caught committing a crime? Hang yourself!

Can't deal with raising a child? Kill it!!

In a land that is predominantly Buddhist, this is a hard pill to swallow. Pun intended.

S

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Probably a case of post-partum depression. Sad ending for all concerned.

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Probably a case of post-partum depression.

I believe so to.

http://www.seekwellness.com/conditions/mental/post-partum_depression.htm

Sorry for little baby.

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Good call. You guys are 100% correct. It is post-partum depression.

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post-natal depression is one thing, my sister had it, but she never would have go so far as “I just couldn’t face up to child-raising.” so you kill your child. One reason being that there is support for this kind of depression, but in Japan... Well, it`s just ignored and swept under the tatami mat!

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Actually, post-partum depression, if severe, can lead to infanticide.

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let`s get more mental health resources in this country. yes, post-partum depression is not really acknowldged here. just think of all the jobs that can be created by training counselors, doctors, nurses and crisis intervention staff.

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terrible. so easy to put up for adaption. How could the husband not see the symptons?

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post partum what?.... excitement, should it not be. what symptons? disgusting self-centered ** Buddhism....now that talk is interesting! Perhaps, attaining levels of quietness, is only possible for those who have their needs to some degree satisfied first, or have absolutely nothing? Anger, is in the realm of God and reality.

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Illsayit... those words are english... but the way you put them together, they just make no sense...

Post partum... without any psychological councelling it's not really coming as a surprise...

It's getting boring to see how late japan is compare to the first world countries...

For energy preservation, everything started in europe in the 70' is just starting now (so around 40 years late, and they are dumb enought to pretend to be on edge and a model for the rest of the world)

For psychology... let see...1900/1920 for europe... Japan is still nowhere to be found in this game so let say around 100 years late...

Politician will continu to blame weak individual and not being a good fighting japanese while having themselve never fought for anything since they got the power from their family name... Babies will continue to die...

It a lose lose situation with only 1 player who, in order to add insult to injury consider that he should be a role model for the rest of the planet... insular inbreeding is really starting to take its toll...

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she probably wasn't informed about options of adoption and similar information.

She's old enough to procreate but doesn't know what this 'adoption' thing is?

So you've assigned a name to this murderer's illness. That's great, she's still a murderer, no excuses.

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unless you don't know, a japanese girl once discharged from the hospital after 4 or 5 days after giving birth, she has to resume work at home like cleaning, shopping, taking care of her in-laws and plus taking care of the baby. And that she usually does not recieve any help from anybody.

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unless you don't know, a japanese girl once discharged from the hospital after 4 or 5 days after giving birth, she has to resume work at home like cleaning, shopping, taking care of her in-laws and plus taking care of the baby. And that she usually does not recieve any help from anybody

not always the case. I have known dozens of japanese women who gave birth and were flooded with support from their parents, husband and in-laws and seen these kids grow up healthy and happy. shame this woman didn't have the same level of support before choosing abhorrently selfish murder.

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unless you don't know, a japanese girl once discharged from the hospital after 4 or 5 days after giving birth, she has to resume work at home like cleaning, shopping, taking care of her in-laws and plus taking care of the baby. And that she usually does not recieve any help from anybody.

Yeah, so it's cool beans that she killed her baby just because of that pressure.

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This is a sad story. Japan doesn't do enough to help women with post partum depression. My wife went through this and I thank God we have friends who helped us get through it! The doctors did bugger all! Keeping the mother and baby in hospital for a week doesn't help either...yeah, nice little earner for the hospital: $4000 per week is what they get! And what did they feed my wife each day? Rice and fish heads! YIKES! And they left us on our own during delivery for three friggin hours! I kid you not!

I hope this woman gets counseling...

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unless you don't know, a japanese girl once discharged from the hospital after 4 or 5 days after giving birth, she has to resume work at home like cleaning, shopping, taking care of her in-laws and plus taking care of the baby. And that she usually does not recieve any help from anybody.

Do you make this stuff up, or have you been fed a diet of O-Shin?

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I hope this woman gets counseling

I hope she get the rope

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I guess it happens everywhere, but this kind of thing seems to happen more and more regularly in Japan.

FD - the thing to remember is that incidents like this are national level news in Japan. In other countries, something like this would be a footnote. Seeing stories like this in the news isn't what should concern you - it's when you stop seeing them.

unless you don't know, a japanese girl once discharged from the hospital after 4 or 5 days after giving birth, she has to resume work at home like cleaning, shopping, taking care of her in-laws and plus taking care of the baby. And that she usually does not recieve any help from anybody.

That is a load of complete and utter tripe. The most common practice here is for the new mother to spend her first month at her parents' (or husband's parents') home, where her relatives can help her learn to care for the child as well as taking some of the initial load off. If there are existing younger children, they will go with their mother. All of my Japanese friends and colleagues whose wives have given birth have complained of missing their wives and children during these periods.

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From personal experience I also go with post-partum-depression.

My Wife had a bad bout after our son was born, luckily I was on parternity leave(2 weeks at my japanese company) during that time. By law you are given 3 days to handle birth registration, etc.

Can't complain about the support we got. We attented the lectures at the muncipial offices where they told us about the depressions, etc what do to and who to contact. Actually the lectures were great as the mothers to be came from the same area and all were due the same time. We exchanged phone-numbers, e-mails, etc and had our own little support group.

Also agree that most japanese mothers-to-be will go home to their parents prior to the birth and spend 1~2 months with them.

Can't complain about the service we got at the hospital as we lived close to a great maternity clinic(10 min. walk).

Just my experience.

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Forgot to add something. (And sorry for the earlier double post)

Here is what I was told by my wife and others after they gave birth.

They felt that after giving birth they had problems relating to the bundle of humanity to the feeling that they had of something growing inside them for 9 months which is now gone. They felt like they lost something.

I can understand it logically but not emotionally. Being a male I was an outsider to those feelings/events only an observer to the pregnancy, just an observer of what happened to my wife but never truly understanding.

The first time I felt like a true father was when I held my son and it was major change in my life.

Just saying that the whole experience is very different between the father and mother.

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