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Osaka man turns himself in over death of baby daughter

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Police said Tuesday they have arrested a 38-year-old man who presented himself at a police station and confessed to the murder of his 1-year-old daughter.

According to police, Takahiro Fujimoto from Toyonaka in Osaka, dropped his 14-month-old daughter Ai on the ground on Sept 21, causing her to sustain injuries from which she later died. TBS reported that at the time of the incident, Fujimoto told paramedics that the child had sustained the injuries while he attempted to dislodge some food on which she was choking.

However, on Monday, Fujimoto turned himself in at a police station and confessed that he had dropped his daughter on the floor deliberately while in a rage due to her crying. Police say Fujimoto is to be charged with manslaughter.

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Any have ideas on why were reading so many stories of violence against infants lately? Whats going on in Japan?!

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Any have ideas on why were reading so many stories of violence against infants lately? Whats going on in Japan?!

Good question. I think they should open up some of these abusive parents' skulls while they're conscious and pick their brains in order to find out. Literally.

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Japan is a stressful place to live as a parent. In the UK I was never worried if my child cried in public or at home. Here you have people giving you the look of death or banging on your walls if they cry. It's super stressful.

Obviously being stressed should not result in murder but we all have different limits till we snap.

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Whats going on in Japan?!

Lack of skin-to-skin contact or reassuring cradling between head and shoulder.

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mistakes happen.

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Lately? This has been going on for ages here. 90% of the time or more they use the excuse that the child "wouldn't stop crying" which somehow in their heads justifies choking/beating/dropping. Youths are not being taught enough about the responsibilities that come with parenthood.

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"Japan is a stressful place to live" especially if you are a non white gaigin male and live in certain parts of Tokyo, but if you live near a base it can be stressful from the base instead of outside the base...strrranggee??? "It's super stressful."

"Obviously being stressed should not result in murder"

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@drewberculosis empathy is the issue.

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Japan needs a little more love. Big problem here.

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I think setting up punching bags in homes like boxers use to train on would be a good idea.

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@ Gerard van Schip i feel sorry for all ya living there. radiation plus unhappiness stuck in the old past. @ drewberculosis i know!

i used to idolize japan when i was brainwashed high schooler "wow japan so much cooler then ___" but now that im much mature i realize japan has LOADS of problems! no way in hell will i ever want to live there. vacations in japan? yes! living there? nope lol. japan is too discriminatory, old fashion against other race n stuff. until that island smartens up yeh maybe i'll move there but that'll never happen lol culture there is too strict, oblivious, uptight and i feel sorry for people there. i wanna save em all.

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Die in hell you monster

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Just to clarify, this run of infant deaths is not 'recently'. It's 'regularly' and has been for many years. Many Japanese just do not know how to handle their emotions. These rage invoked infant deaths, stalking and a very high percentage of the population suffering manic depression paint a pretty grim picture of the emotional state of many Japanese. They just don't know how to deal with it. The doctors just dish out anti-depressants like candy and the cops do the counseling and give 'stern warnings'. There was a study done a few years ago that concluded 27% of Japanese adults suffer some sort of emotional or mental disorder. That's nearly one-in-three. Sad, but true!

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I have a feeling she was thrown to the ground and not dropped.

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Yes Dr. disillusioned. And the shaken baby syndrome is a uniquely Japanese phenomenon, right?

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Maybe I am, but the shaken baby syndrome is not part of this case. She was thrown to the floor in an uncontrolled rage. You don't have to be a doctor to notice how many agoraphobic and depressed people are sitting in. The train carriage with you. There is one old fella here right now having a good old chat with himself. Many Japanese ae extremely emotionally fickle. You don't have to be a doctor to see that.

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This problem isn't particular only to Japan, it happens in countries all over the world, this poor child had the misfortune to be born to that father.

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Amidalism ー Youths are not being taught enough about the responsibilities that come with parenthood.

yeah, but this was not some 18 year old who got himself in too deep too young. This guy was 38! Im really sick of all the young parents bashing that goes on this country - the majority of those murdering their kids are older parents who are unable to copy with the flexibility and patience required to have a child, after having things their own way all their life.

Any mother around, by the way? Or was this guy doing it all by himself?

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Good question, where was the mother?? Why she also getting beaten up by this 38 year old fool?? Do hope this evil bastard down in crappy Osaka gets the DEATH PENALTY!

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A typical combeback: "This problem isn't particular only to Japan, it happens in countries all over the world, this poor child had the misfortune to be born to that father"

BBBut... in the US this person would get studied, examined, and the system would either put him in jail a longgggg time or in a psychiatric place for quiet a while, and he would be put on a child abuse watch list and very documented,

IN Japan on the other hand , "The doctors just dish out anti-depressants like candy and the cops do the counseling and give 'stern warnings' or suspended sentences; if he's a gaigin wold get the US style system of things....

It appears that Japan does not have effective facilities, nor institutions or government systems, or policies in place for "their" such incidents....But it also appears gaigins will get the "correct" facilities, or institutions or government systems, or policies::::whose foolin who?

Another major problem "apparently" in Japan from what I've noticed in the media ...appears to be a twisted sense of DENIAL on many levels and the hammer the nail down image protection syndrome. Thess issues underline indicators of a myriad social dysfunctions.

For example I've also noticed that when some comments hit home, (a taboo) an archaic response is "well it happens in other countries- a clear sign of bipolar reality escapism. I've also noticed that when comments hit home, they receive ridiculus thumbs down, another sign of DENIAL, and image protection.

Well such behavior may seem effective in this forum but guess what? There are people viewing this type of "reactionary" responses and also see that for what it is......

"tjsotomayor" knows....

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@RealityTV japan has a lower infant mortality rate than the usa https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html.

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toby: "@RealityTV japan has a lower infant mortality rate than the usa "

Infant mortality rate, or infanticide rate. Big difference. We're reading about this kind of thing EVERY DAY here, when it's even reported.

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You would think that 38 year old man, blessed to be able to have a child, would be mature enough to know that babies cry when they are hungry, sick, hurt or need their diapers changed.

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It's sad that a baby died but it's hard on everyone. He might have reached his breaking point that day with how stressful life can be here in Japan, especially as a parent and I wouldn't doubt it that he also works full time (and that overtime that most companies don't pay for).

Sad that his daughter died but I'm sure that he regrets it more than anyone else can.

I give the man some respect for turning himself in. Not many people would have done that.

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I was looking for child-murder statistics in Japan but could find none, I did however find year 2000 this article about child murder rate rocketing in the US: http://www.wnd.com/2000/03/1958/ It's from a pro-gun rag, pointing out that few of the murders were committed with a gun (proving there is no need to use a gun against a child). Relevance: Perhaps some of the conclusion in the article can be applied to the Japan situation.

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Back on topic please. Comparisons with other countries are not relevant to this discussion.

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@bicultural Nobody suggested that, bicultural. People were commenting on how infanticide seems to be far too common in Japan. And I agree.

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Japan needs a lot more love. People here seem so stressed out and worry to much what the others think. It's the lack of expression mixed with true emotion that leads some of these people to have such extreme mind sickness.

reckon they need some true love and passion to cope with the inter hidden and often mixed feelings?? Pray for a change in the mentality within Japan and pray for the poor innocent child whose life never begin and was taken by this monster.

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oops! didnt read the last part. people these days get so mad so quickly. its a shame really, taking all your anger out on young innocent children.

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I have a feeling she was thrown to the ground and not dropped.

I agree. Most babies would bounce right back up after getting dropped. Then again who knows what else was done to her.

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i live in the building where it happened. Very close to Senri Chuo, north osaka. the family lives on the 4th floor, i live on the 5th. it happened on sep 21 and the father initially claimed it was an accident. after the funeral he confessed to the police on monday morning this week there were reporters knocking on all the doors and camera crews everywhere.

and to reply to Elbuda Mexicano`s dumb comments

the mother was out grocery shopping at the time ( 3pm saturday afternoon ) at the local izumiya supermarket with their older daughter

and no, he wasnt beating her up.

and no, osaka isnt crappy..i lived in tokyo 13 years and have been here 5 years and i like it here more.

he didnt drop her either, he threw her on the ground as she wouldnt eat when she was trying to feed him.

he deserves to be locked up for a very very long time.

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RealityTV, I LOVE your post! thumbs up for you

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