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Woman arrested for placing dead infant's body inside coin locker in Kamakura

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Police in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 37-year-old woman on suspicion of corpse abandonment after she placed the dead body of her newborn infant son in a coin locker for baggage.

The body, wrapped in a towel, was found in the locker at a shopping center at JR Ofuna Station by a security guard on June 4, Sankei Shimbun reported. An autopsy revealed that the infant had been dead for several months.

Police said Sachiko Ito, whose address and occupation are unknown, has admitted to the charge. Ito emerged as a suspect after police reviewed surveillance footage of the locker area.

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Imagine having a baby out of wedlock would qualify for a 5 million yen payment and a free apartment paid for by the state.

The birthrate would skyrocket and no babies would be placed in lockers deceased....

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P. SmithJune 25  07:06 am JST

Tragic and repugnant. Hopefully, the last was stillborn and not murdered or died of lack of medical attention.

Inexcusable. She should be locked up for decades and never allowed to be near children again.

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Isn’t there a Ryu Murakami book about this? Suggests that it’s not the first time it’s happened but obviously doesn’t excuse it.

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she placed the dead body of her newborn infant son in a coin locker for baggage.

A better definition of conditions guaranteeing temporary insanity cannot be had. Oh my merciless Gawd could there be worse than having just given birth, ALONE, to a stillborn son, with no resources whatever. A young woman set to be a Mother, whether she wanted to be or not, and then the worst possible outcome in the short term...what that must do to a young mind. Really, can ANYONE think she was anywhere near rational at the moment she sequestered her baby in a baggage locker and not locked in a mental fugue of emotional shock? And the socially diseased minds we see picking at her motivations like Prometheus' Harpies, how sad we, Humanity, really is when we see its thoughts unhinged about itself revealed in comments. To prosecute this person after how the World has punished her is unimaginable and unforgivable.

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Baby hatches were introduced as a way to try and give people an option other than infanticide.

Just as there are virtually no rubbish bins in public spaces here, (the unarguable logic is that people would fill them), so too are there like two or three baby hatches to serve the entire country. Indeed, Japan’s cynical ‘don’t build it, to ensure they won’t come’ insufficiency, incompleteness ethos, explains much about this place.

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Most people here seem to assume she killed the baby, but that is far from clear. Abandoning a corpse is a against the law here, but not everyone knows it -- in fact, I had no idea myself, and I once miscarried in Japan and disposed of the remains without even realizing I could have been committing a crime! I would like to know this mother's situation and intent.

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Either under tatami or in a locker if not possible. Just Japanese way when you don't have gardens.

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Sadly, it’s not uncommon for families not to report their death in order to keep collecting pension checks.

Yes…but this seems to be a issue that could be sorted, if only it was tackled.

It’s not normal to want to keep the bodies of dead family members in your home, or to just dispose of them in a locker.

If the issue is mental health related, then let’s have better mental health support - and support specifically for grieving and what process to follow when someone in your home dies.

If the issue is financial, then let’s have better financial support for people - either a better minimum wage, a lower inheritance tax, maybe the pension system could be changed in some way etc.

Education is always a good approach - so let’s have some PSA style commercials on TV and in newspapers trying to tackle the issue head on.

Do something!

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or leave dead relatives wrapped in blankets in a closet?

Sadly, it’s not uncommon for families not to report their death in order to keep collecting pension checks.

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Hopefully the station authorities take that locker out of commission, and put a memorial in its place.

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This seems to happen far too often.

What is it about Japan that makes people think it's a good idea to put dead babies in a locker, or leave dead relatives wrapped in blankets in a closet?

Baby hatches were introduced as a way to try and give people an option other than infanticide. If the overriding issue is societal e.g. wanting to hide pregnancy from other family members, then for goodness sake can we try and sort it out because that seems to be something that is sortable.

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With a historically low Birth Rate, you would think Japan would find a way to accept these children, while they’re still ALIVE

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How did they identify the mother?

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I don't want to judge as the case is unclear. But I agree that the decision and handling of the corpse of an infant highlights mental health issues. And please don't take my comment as ableism... I myself suffer from mental health issues. I pointed to it in an attempt to understand the case from a better perspective.

Best wishes to all. Stay safe.

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Another one? Not surprised. Japan needs to confront mental health issues rather than hiding it under the carpet.

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Rip....

Still think a mental check of parents should be an obligation here to decrease such horrible death.

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Another baby in a train station locker. It happens a couple of times a year.

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Again?

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Don't you love these surveillance cameras, and what would criminals do without them? run the city over probably.

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What drove this woman to do this? She needs psychiatric help.

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RIP little one.

We can only speculate on the age, the circumstances, the mental state and possible desperation of the mother.

Both justice and rehabilitation are warranted depending on the conclusion of the investigation.

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All human life is infinitely precious, regardless of age or stage of development.

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Why don't these people find a secluded area and give the poor baby a more respectful burial than leaving him or her in train station locker? What is this a trend? Jesus.

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Circumstances unknown, murder or natural death but putting a months dead baby inside a coin locker is mental. Another crazy Japanese mother?

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Tragic and repugnant. Hopefully, the last was stillborn and not murdered or died of lack of medical attention.

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