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Vietnamese woman arrested for abandoning bodies of newborn twins

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Police in Ashikita, Kumamoto Prefecture, have arrested a 21-year-old Vietnamese woman on suspicion of abandoning the bodies of her newborn twins.

Police said the woman, who came to Japan in 2018 to work as a technical trainee, has admitted to the charge. Sankei Shimbun reported that the woman told police she gave birth to twin boys in her company dormitory on Nov 10. She then wrapped the bodies in a cloth and placed them in a cardboard box.

On Nov 16, the woman took the box to a hospital in Yatsushiro City where she told medical staff that she had given birth at her dorm and that the twins were dead. 

Police said the woman gave no information on who the father of the babies was, or whethehr the twins were stillborn.

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On Nov 16, the woman took the box to a hospital in Yatsushiro City where she told medical staff that she had given birth at her dorm and that the twins were dead. 

How is this abandoning? What do they expect her to do?

-5 ( +9 / -14 )

How is this abandoning? What do they expect her to do?

Of course it’s abandoning. She gave birth on November 10 and bring kids to hospital on November 16. What she was doing meanwhile. Those innocent kids didn’t get proper medical care after labor.

-14 ( +5 / -19 )

Police said the woman gave no information on who the father of the babies was

Undoubtably one of the oyajis where she was a "trainee".

20 ( +23 / -3 )

I’m sorry for the people from developing countries working here.

They are still treated as slaves and with even less rights than us westerners.

Human dignity comes above all.

Now they put the blame on this woman,but I’m sure there is more behind it.

People from developing nations shouldn’t sell their soul to a semi xenophobic place and aim for more attractive destinations where they can be regarded and respected as human beings with full rights and not just duties.

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@william77. Of course I would blame the woman for getting pregnant. This is nothing to do with human dignity or xenophobia. This is about COMMON SENSE.

-24 ( +5 / -29 )

@Tobia

And what if the situation is that her boss forced himself on her and told her if she said anything she would lose her job and work visa and be sent back home. Is it still her fault she got pregnant..... and yes I agree This is about COMMON SENSE. and you don't seem to have any.

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At first I was a bit confused with the previous similar case in Hiroshima, now feeling very sorry for another case... will come another?

It is ironic that Japan is at the same time facing shortfall in number of newborn babies while "non-Japanese" new life is put under threat. If growing well and learning Japanese language and culture, they can become potentially good citizens.

For emergency, there must be NGOs or groups caring for babies under life-threat; in some of which you can get services without revealing own ID.

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@Mirza - what was she doing meanwhile, you ask? Between Nov10 and Nov16, she was crying, panicking, thinking, worrying, and just being a frightened young woman in a foreign country where they treat her kind like sh*t. In a DORM, no less. From your mean-spirited comment, I'll bet you've never lived in that sort of circumstance.

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Give her a few years in the can and then deport her! We don't need criminals here.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

We don't need criminals here.

How could you possibly know she committed a crime? Do you know something not even the police know yet?

6 ( +7 / -1 )

This is the 2nd case in two weeks.I really feel sorry for her and so many others facing the same situation.

Japanese system is so cold.These trainees are not allowed to have kids or even bring their families here.They are slaves under a system of use and trash.

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What is the difference in taking the babies to the hospital telling them the babies was still born, and dropping them off at a drop off shelter? Why is she being arrested for doing what is the right thing. She didn't abandon the babies. She then wrapped the bodies in a cloth and placed them in a cardboard box. On Nov 16, the woman took the box to a hospital in Yatsushiro City where she told medical staff that she had given birth at her dorm and that the twins were dead.

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@James and others

I think it's very naive to think that she was afraid of boss or anyone else, and that she would lose her visa or work.

In this case she will go to prison, and then after doing her time she will be deported back to Vietnam, or Japan might deport her first and she will do the time in Vietnam. Either or she would lose her visa and job.

Besides she had 9 months to think about the solution. It's not hit and run situation that you've panicked because you had an accident and in amok you decided to run away. She could look for a help, get abortion in worse case scenario if it was forced by boss of the company or supervisor then just give birth and admit who the father is. They can find through DNA to confirm and then he would be in big troubles.

Anyway poor babies.

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Something about this isn’t passing the smell test. She made no attempt to dispose of the bodies and instead took them to a hospital, where she was all but guaranteed to draw scrutiny. Why she waited so long between giving birth and going to the hospital is the big unanswered question. It’s possible she was fearful about how the pregnancy and birth might affect her immigration status, but at this point, that’s just speculation. This seems less like a case of “abandoning a corpse” and more like “failing to report a death”.

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@Larr Flint

I think it's very naive to think that she was afraid of boss or anyone else

Obviously you aren't a 21 year old female from Vietnam, If she was from the US I would agree.

Besides she had 9 months to think about the solution

Did she? Where does it say that ? generally speaking it takes at least a month or two to realise you are pregnant especially if you are not expecting it. My wife even experienced similar symptoms of her period during her first trimester it was about 8 weeks before we realised she was actually pregnant. that brings it down to 7 months. We also don't know if the babies were premature which could bring the time down even more.

get abortion in worse case scenario

It costs around ¥100,000 for an abortion in the first trimester / up to 12 weeks or up to ¥200,000 in the second trimester / up to 24 weeks I am not sure how much they pay female technical trainees but I am guessing it is minimum wage.

They can find through DNA to confirm and then he would be in big troubles.

Can they... In Japan there are no regulations that allow a judge to order one party to have a DNA test against their will.

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May the twins rest in peace.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Is this the second case in recent weeks of a Vietnamese “trainee” dumping her dead children? This and an increasing number of murders, assaults and thefts from farms..

Japan...? Time to reconsider your decision? Don’t go the way of Europe and end up with a marginalized underclass of immigrants.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Speculation is running amok, as usual...

2 ( +2 / -0 )

So very sad to hear :(

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Speculation is running amok, as usual...

Well, expat, that's about all we can do, seeing as how the article gives very scant information and I guarantee there will be no follow-up article.

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