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Posted in: Man says he abused stepdaughter because efforts to discipline her didn't work See in context

@Mike James

"This makes me want to start a charity to protect children from parents such as this..."

Yua's tragedy was the final incentive to push me to start a nonprofit foundation, JOEE. Joyful Opportunity English Education. JOEE (dot) jp. Children like Yua are sometimes successfully rescued from abusive parents and put into children's homes where they are protected, fed and given love. I teach English using puppets, songs, games and stories. They love the lessons and are learning native-level pronunciation giving them one small advantage in this country. So many things are stacked against these kids, more should be done for them. If they could speak simple English when they exit the system at age 18, they would have more job opportunities. Yes, Japan must do more to help these children, but individuals can make a positive impact.

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Posted in: Man admits fatal abuse of 5-year-old stepdaughter See in context

Dear Yua,

Your heartbreaking abuse and death made me want to do something to help. You should have been protected from evil. We grown-ups failed you. I am so sorry and so sad. As a teacher and puppeteer who loves children but cannot speak Japanese very well, I wondered what I could do to help... so I started teaching English to young children who are in orphanages and children's homes here in Tokyo through a non-profit foundation called JOEE. We use songs, games and puppets with native English speakers through JOEE; Joyful Opportunity English Education.

Your death helped push me to act. I am sorry that I cannot do more. All children need protection and joy and love. God knows that we can do better. Please forgive us, Yua. We can all make a difference. Children are our future.

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Posted in: Man kills head of Tokyo foster home he used to live in See in context

It is tragedies like this that have pushed me to try and do something to help children who end up spending most of their lives in children's homes. My non-profit foundation, JOEE, (joee.jp) is in its infancy but we are already starting to provide immersive English-teaching with music, puppets, games and stories for kids growing up in institutionalized care. The children need positive experiences, connections and joy in their lives; and they need job skills when they exit the system at age 18 so they will have hope for the future. By beginning enjoyable English instruction at an early age, I intend to help the kids learn native-level pronunciation and, at the very least, basic English language capabilities. I know from experience that five-year olds can learn a new language in a single year through positive immersive language experiences. I hope that we can make a difference in the lives of these children. They need all the support that they can get!

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Posted in: Not having children is selfish, says LDP Secretary-General Nikai See in context

With 40,000 Japanese children spending their young lives in orphanages, and only about 400 being adopted each year, the much less selfish option would be to adopt children waiting and hoping beyond hope for a chance to be welcomed into a loving family. Lawmakers can help this miracle happen by passing more laws in favor of children’s rights over those of neglectful or abusive parents.

It is heart-breaking and ironic that these poor kids label themselves as unneeded and unwanted while the government officials encourage Japanese couples to have more children.

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Posted in: Japan's high school English proficiency falls short of gov't targets See in context

Here’s the solution:

Begin English immersion instruction at the ideal time in a child’s brain development, at the preschool and kindergarten ages. Many of the students at our international school enter with little to no proficiency in English. Most graduate as completely proficient verbal bi-linguals.

The Japanese government emphasizes English instruction too late in the academic game. Young kids love learning a new language. It can be made enjoyable, challenging and compelling.

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Posted in: Trump wants military parade in Washington See in context

What’s the opposite of “Walk softly and carry a big stick?” Is Trump trying to compensate for something?

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