The mystery of Japanese mothers killing children

  Recently, a case of child abuse and death in Japan shocked the society.
  In Settsu City, Osaka Prefecture, a three-year-old boy, Sakura Rito, Shinmura, was soaked in 60 degrees hot water by his biological mother’s cohabiting boyfriend for 5 minutes and died. In addition to the astounding tactics of the suspect, according to public sources, the boy was found to have bruises on his body by the kindergarten teacher last year, indicating that the suspect may often abuse the boy when his girlfriend is away. The mother of the boy had reported the problem to the family department of the local city government long ago.
  In response, Settsu City responded that although it received an enquiry from the female victim at the time, it ultimately believed that the incident was a non-urgent matter, and the result was not reported to the police, nor did it take the initiative to request the child welfare department to continue to follow up.
More coexistence leads to more friction

  According to data released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare this year, in 2020, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare received nearly 200,000 child abuse cases seeking assistance, an increase of more than 11,000 from 2019, an increase of 5.5%, breaking the government’s statistics since the end of the 1990s. The record since.
  According to the analysis of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Welfare, there are two main reasons for the increase in cases. The first is that the families of the persons involved take the initiative to report the case, that is, the awareness of the persons involved has increased; the second is that the police department has taken the initiative to intervene to increase the number of notifications.
  As for why the number of child abuse in Japan broke a record during this year, according to related reports such as the Mainichi Shimbun, since last year, due to the impact of the new crown epidemic, parents and children spend more time together, and there are more opportunities for conflict and friction. The figures of domestic violence have all set new records.
  Among the child abuse cases, the proportion of intentional child abuse cases is higher than that of unintentional (mental confusion and other factors), and out of every 50 cases of death to be abused, children aged 0 to 4 account for half. In other words, almost every week, a child aged 0 to 4 is abused.
Differences in child abuse between Japan and South Korea

  What is the concept of nearly 200,000 child abuse cases occurring in a year? If we compare the situation of neighboring South Korea, we can see one or two things. According to the statistics of the International Association of Japanese Local Governments, the number of child abuse cases in South Korea last year was more than 30,000, which is less than one-sixth of Japan’s.
  However, this number has increased by 1.5 times compared with five years ago, and the rate of re-abuse after reporting has also increased by 1.7 times compared with five years ago. In addition, 42 children have been abused to death, all of which reflect that the child abuse problem in South Korea is also rapidly deteriorating.
  In addition, Koreans are less aware of child abuse, especially child abuse among family members, and consider it a type of family education, which leads to a low reporting rate. Therefore, it cannot be ruled out that the number of 30,000 cases is far from reality. However, even with underreporting and errors, the above-mentioned association believes that this gap still shows that the problem of child abuse in Japan is more serious than that of South Korea.
  It is also worth mentioning that the most abused Korean children are young people who have just entered puberty (13-15 years old), and pre-school children are the least abused. This is just the opposite of the situation in Japan.

  Most of the girls who suddenly become mothers are unable to have feelings for their biological children, the associate professor of the college.

  In addition, in the way of abuse, Korean parents have the most frequent physical violence, followed by neglect; while the most common way of abuse by Japanese parents is psychological abuse, that is, through verbal intimidation, scolding, slander, etc., followed by physical abuse and Neglect of care.
  In addition, children in South Korea are more sexually abused than in Japan, and more than 70% of the perpetrators of child abuse in the two countries are their biological parents. In Japan, more than half of the killers are the biological mothers of children, which is more prominent than South Korea, showing that Japan has more severe social problems.
Why is it common for mothers to kill children?

  The relationship between child abuse and birth mothers killing children in Japan has aroused discussions in Japanese society over the past few years. According to relevant research and the analysis of the above-mentioned Ministry of Health, Welfare and Welfare report, most of the mothers who abuse children are born in unmarried pregnancies or give birth to unintended pregnancies.
  This situation was particularly evident under the raging epidemic last year. A large number of junior high school and high school girls will seek assistance from social welfare agencies after they become pregnant due to an accident. However, because the man evaded and was afraid of being known by his parents, the victim generally did not dare to ask for help early, missed the best time to abort the pregnancy, and finally gave birth to the child helplessly.
  The above research pointed out that due to unplanned pregnancy and lack of psychological preparation, most of the girls who suddenly became mothers were unable to have feelings for their biological children. Coupled with the blindness of society and the lack of policy support for single-mother families, many young mothers cannot easily find jobs to raise their children. As a result, they target their biological children, abandon them, or deliberately neglect to take care of them, or even Ended the lives of his own children in anger.
  As for the reasons why female students easily get pregnant by accident, in addition to a few things, the lack of sex education in Japan is also a key factor. Since 2000, the Japanese government and education authorities have been under pressure from conservatives to take the initiative to delete the contraceptive and sex education parts, which also caused most middle school students to fail to learn enough about sexual health. Under the impulse or the instigation of the man, the number of accidental pregnancy or venereal disease among girls of this age group has increased dramatically in the past 20 years.
  This issue caused widespread public concern through the TV series “14-year-old mother” in 2006. From the above situation, it is obvious that the problem has not been improved well today, more than ten years later.

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