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Gov't to create database aimed at preventing child poverty

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So many empty promises but it has done so little about welfare in a country where corporations and inequalities are the de facto a reality.

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A database is only good when there are qualified people behind the scenes taking action! In my opinion, it will just be used to make more excuses!

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Another agency (?), another database, another promise ......

It just keeps on going like that without any major achievements.

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CCP stuff monitoring. I'm sure it'll get used for other purposes other than welfare.

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How about starting a round table with the NPOs who are actually working this on the street and start enacting emergency safety nets without the stigma? Geez....

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Yeah...database will fix the problem.

Typical bureaucratic half a..sed measure for show. How about some real solutions instead of the usual teeth sucking.

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The problem is people who cannot afford to have children HAVING children. If you don{t have a stable home, income and lifestyle, Why are you having kids?

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The problem is people who cannot afford to have children HAVING children. If you don{t have a stable home, income and lifestyle, Why are you having kids?

Because it's a human right.

Unless you live in China.

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I know there are going to be a lot of negative comments about this database plan but as an U.S. Citizen let me tell you what I think about it.

Japan actually gives a damn about poor children enough for this to even be on their radar. It may work and it may not work but caring enough to try something. That to me is freaking amazing

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With all due respect, @DrTOM1957 9:03am, you are not here to see these children in person. Like many things here, this is another government ‘show’. Apathy is abundant within those that make it to the higher levels of income and government.

*- @DrTOM1957 9:03am: “…but as an U.S. Citizen let me tell you what I think… Japan actually gives a damn about poor children enough for this to even be on their radar.” -*

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...but as an U.S. Citizen let me tell you what I think about it...

Yes, if you were from the Sudan or Afghanistan you'd think that life in Japan was amazing. But compared to genuinely advanced countries, for which the US hardly qualifies these days, Japan falls far short in many areas, but especially in the way it treats its poor and disadvantaged.

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Well understood why the U.S. and France are at 21.2%, when you take inn thousands of desperate and hungry migrants weekly the poverty rate will rise but for a NOBEL cause.

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Not holding my breath.

By integrating such data that are often collected separately by the welfare and education sections of municipal governments, officials are hoping to quickly identify children in need of assistance and provide support.

Both Welfare and education sections should already be able to identify children in need of assistance. If they are not now, this "database" not going to make them more aware in the future, as you only put in a database the cases that you know...

In theory it should prevent both sections to skim responsibilities if something happens to a kid, but for decades no accountability was allocated to the responsible sections so not holding my breath that this would change anytime soon...

Not holding my breath on that "how personal information should be handled" either.

A meeting of vice ministers will be held, possibly by the end of this month, on creating the database, with the government also planning to craft guidelines on how personal information should be handled.

The MyNumber data, at least in part, has already been compromised back in 2018 by the National Pension Fund (5 Mio man-data were leaked...to a continental Chinese company) and by the National Tax Agency (750K man-data were leaked to a company in Japan). I still have to hear or read about the remediation on those 2 major cases (I would assume the best would be to re-issued a new MN to all whose data have been compromised but again, never read anything along these lines anywhere).

National Pension Fund case:

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/byline/azumiakiko/20210222-00223860

National Tax Agency case:

https://cybersecurity-jp.com/news/28943

Hence: (cyber-)security-risk is anything but low. Also, "digitalizing" society to the J-gov seem to be limited to gathering an insane amount of data on everybody...Which frankly, sounds scary if you consider those running the show...

The idea of the database has also been raised to overcome the hesitancy of children and parents in seeking assistance from local authorities when they face difficulties.

Err...If legal guardians are not likely to raise their hands and seek "discreet" help at individual administrations/sections/NPOs now, why would they be more likely to raise their hands later when the aim would be to put them in a database for all administrations/sections/NPOs to see?

This article most likely ties into this one...

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/044088b11cacaff64efa85c2e27b0ebd20e3c5cd

...which does feature a very interesting chart...

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/044088b11cacaff64efa85c2e27b0ebd20e3c5cd/images/000

...chart which raises a LOT of questions / comments by readers in Yahoo News, such as:

.学校で見守りの強化(re-inforced protection in schools): this should already be the case, what exactly is expected to change?

.NPOが実地する子供食堂や学習支援の案内(guide to NPO providing food and learning support), nothing wrong with that but people in needs are most likely already routed to NPOs or finding about NPOs by themselves. BUT, the pink elephant in the room is what exactly is the government doing besides pointing to NPOs which are doing what the government should be doing!?!?

.利用可能な行政の支援制度につなげる(connect to available administrative support), nothing wrong with that but if, as mentioned in the article, people in the need are refraining from asking for help, nothing will change...

If I recall the Children agency thingy started as the government wanted to get women and child-rearing families on-board with the constitutional amendments with some social/educational topics to be part of the amendments.

Currently we have laws, organizations, staff and a budget available to deal with poverty, children in need. If this is not working, putting up yet another agency to specifically deal with them will not make it work either. What we have in place is to be made to work PERIOD. The problem is political WILL, if no WILL this agency will just "reset" the clock and start the kids' bodycount at zero and losing additional decades by inaction, nothing more.

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Poverty should be the target of all governments. The database will collect the necessary information to know where poverty is happening.

Building the database will do nothing to resolve the problem. That needs money to lift the people above the poverty level. The database should be shared with the many NPOs working to help and eliminate poverty, like Second Harvest.

http://2hj.org/english/about/

 Food banks and kodomo shokudō (children's cafeterias) offer cheap or free meals to children in need. 

Read about thousands of low-income immigrants and uninsured foreigners who lost their work during the pandemic and can not afford healthcare. Some are having hospital costs covered by support groups but others are dying from the lack of healthcare.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20211120/p2a/00m/0na/021000c

Japan needs better food security which is at a record low.

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It will be another decade before anything is actually done...

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so over decades until now they've never had a database to track these problems?

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Or they could, you know, just support parents in upbringing children.

They could allow tax breaks, open up more day care centers, punish companies for not allowing maternal and paternal leave, assisted payments in school supplies and housing, etc etc.

Then maybe more people would want to have children, seeing as there’s a “population” crisis?

or how about cutting law maker salaries across the board? They aren’t doing anything useful anyway……

no no no. That would require logic again. That stuff doesn’t exist around here. Never mind.

keep doing what you’ve done for decades. Nothing.

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It's a bit odd that a country with a declining birth rate and negative population growth would have a child poverty problem.

The problem might be better defined as parent poverty.

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Stop having kids if you can't afford them, that's what causes child poverty. As the old saying goes: "Don't have the dough, don't cream the pie"

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Poverty is generally due to bad luck and the circumstances in which you were born in; wealth is due to the same just in reverse. If Japan wants to tackle child poverty then the government should raise the minimum wage to 2,000 yen an hour. That would surely help single parents who can only work at convenience stores a few hours a day.

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The Japanese government has decided to create a database to store various information about children, such as family economic conditions and academic abilities, in an attempt to prevent child poverty and abuse

Maybe create a database of abusers first / also

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This sounds like possibly a good thing but the article conveniently sidestepped the facts of the extremely high child abuse rates and domestic violence compared to the relatively high poverty rates of children in Japan.

Lets hope its more about providing assistance than just a way to collect personal data and information of our younger generation for control purposes.

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I'm surprised the reaction to this is relatively placid, given that the government plans to

'store various information about children, such as family economic conditions and academic abilities, in an attempt to prevent child poverty and abuse'

I'm highly skeptical about any government's real intentions when there's a plan to 'collect and store information about people'... even more so when it relates to children.

How long is the data collected for? Who has access to it? Will it be deleted at age 21, or is it assigned to children for life? Will it be added to a child's MyNumber card? Will 'academic abilities' suddenly be used as a metric when applying for a house loan?

It seems to me it would just be another tool to use to profile and discriminate against people.

Oh, and let's not just pass over the statement:

...in an attempt to prevent child poverty and abuse

These two things are vastly different, and not necessarily connected at all.

If a family is in a bad economic situation and a child is performing below average academically, it doesn't mean the child is being abused. It shouldn't mean that the government is able to investigate parents over whether they are abusing their child.

Where is the metric that might suggest that a child with good academic ability from a well off family might be being abused?

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another way how to waste money for useless things.

to reduce poverty gov should support families with kids say 30000JPy per kid a month...this may have better impact than these so called studies...

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Japan needs better food security which is at a record low.

This has been a problem since like generations ago! If you are just realizing it now, you really have been living with your head in the sand.

Japan HAS to import food to feed the people. Domestically produced food is FAR too expensive!

This has nothing to do with the problem written in the article!

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If a family is in a bad economic situation and a child is performing below average academically, it doesn't mean the child is being abused. It shouldn't mean that the government is able to investigate parents over whether they are abusing their child.

Kids from wealthy families get abused too. This is another BS attempt at making it look like something is being done!

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The data that will be put in the database are information that are already being collected by welfare and education sections of municipal governments.

They will just be integrated into one database

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I doubt that a new database can do something against child poverty. That much money spent to the IT cronies even widens the gap more. Well, you could say, that a few of the highly paid developers have children and therefore it prevents from poverty. It’s not completely wrong. lol

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Yubaru

Japan needs better food security which is at a record low.

This has been a problem since like generations ago! If you are just realizing it now, you really have been living with your head in the sand.

The food security was higher 30 years when I first arrived. My comment is correct.

Japan imports American short grain rice but does not sell it for human consumption. Kept in silos for two years and then sold for animal feed.

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Japan imports American short grain rice but does not sell it for human consumption. Kept in silos for two years and then sold for animal feed.

Rice for humans fed to animals.

No problems I guess.

How about medicine for animals used on humans?

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strangerland...

Because it's a human right.

And bringing up kids in a state of poverty and neglect is against their human rights.

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Japan imports American short grain rice but does not sell it for human consumption. Kept in silos for two years and then sold for animal feed.

Some of it is, most used for sake and beer production and things like sembei.

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In early 2017, the number of children living in poverty in Japan was estimated to be around 3.5 million. 21 million people live below the poverty line. More just above it.

https://borgenproject.org/tag/poverty-in-japan/

Japan, unlike other countries, has no official poverty line.

Japan ranked 34th out of 41 developed nations in UNICEF child poverty index.

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