Wow reading about this is shocking. I lived in Japan for 3 years and I saw parents laughing with children. Parks were always full of families enjoying themselves. At malls, stores, restaurant, and every public place I ever went to kids seemed to be the center of everything. The Japanese families I knew had such great relationships with their children and they were always doing things together as a family. I saw parents laughing at the silly things kids would do and I would think "if it was an American parents they would have been flipping about about this". During the morning I saw parents and faculty guiding little kids to school. I was so amazed by this that I thought us Americans should learn a bit from this. To learn about such high suicidal rates in Japan is a bit shocking to me. I personally would love to go back to Japan. I even knew a teacher at an elementary school who always had such amazing stories about the kids at school. American parents who had their kids in Japanese schools were so pleased with education and how kind the faculty was. I can honestly say that I did not see any physical or mental abuse towards children while living in Japan... They always seemed so happy and parents seemed so understanding.
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