Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Baby Drop-Off?

All right, here's something that my dad told me about just now, which, I thought might be a bit interesting?

Japan's first baby drop-off hatch is open, here's some information about it:

"This has finished building a controversial baby drop-off point allowing people to anonymously drop off newborn babies they do not want to raise.

The drop-off point, named “Akachan Posuto: Konotori no Yurikago” (Baby Postbox: Stork’s Cradle), is the first of its kind in Japan. It consists of a hatch measuring 50 centimeters by 60 centimeters that opens to a warmed bed where newborn babies can be placed.

When the hatch is opened, a sensor is activated, and workers in the hospital are alerted with a buzzer. A camera placed above the bed also sends images of the baby to a monitor."

This is a pretty controversial topic in Japan, seeing as they would rather not help with the idea of abandonment, but rather, help the parents that really can't take care of the child.
Here's a video.

Soooooooooo, along with that article, I have this for you all:

Japan Irked Toddler Put in Baby Drop Box

By HANS GREIMEL, Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, May 16, 2007

"Japan's first anonymous drop box for unwanted babies triggered a wave of anger and soul searching Wednesday after it was discovered that a preschooler — and not an infant — was left by his father on the service's first day.

Newspapers condemned the father and warned that the operation was open to abuse and could traumatize youngsters.

The drop-off for infants, known as "Stork's Cradle," was begun May 10 by the Roman Catholic-run Jikei Hospital in the southern city of Kumamoto to discourage abortions and the abandonment of children in unsafe public places. The same day, a boy now believed to be 3 was found inside.

The boy, who was in good health, reportedly said he was left by his father, who was seen holding the youngster's hand as they approached the hospital. They apparently rode Japan's bullet train to Kumamoto, but it was unclear where they lived.

"I came with Daddy," the boy was quoted as saying by the Mainichi newspaper. Local media reported the boy was able to identify himself by name, but it was unclear whether the father had been identified.

The revelation of the boy's age Tuesday triggered outrage among political leaders, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying that "anonymously throwing out a child is unacceptable." He urged parents to consult social workers for help if raising children gets too tough. The hospital has refused to comment on the case, citing privacy concerns, but said there were age limits on its drop-off service.

Police have decided no crime was committed because the child was left in a situation in which it was not exposed to immediate harm, Kyodo News reported Wednesday.

A small hatch in the side of the hospital allows anyone to anonymously put a baby into an incubator 24 hours a day. It was created after a series of high-profile cases in which newborns were abandoned in parks and supermarkets.

"We must rethink the meaning of the baby drop-off," the conservative Sankei newspaper said in an editorial. It called the boy's abandonment "unforgivable," saying that "unlike a baby, a toddler may suffer from trauma."

The Yomiuri newspaper said it was too early to judge the baby drop, but said it must be used for its original purpose of receiving newborns, not young children."

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At May 16, 2007, 11:03:00 PM, Blogger Kami... said...

With the 10year + decline in the birth rate of Japan, abortions are very common place.
This baby drop off is to try and stop all that.
When women became more involved in the work place, many office ladies stopped having time for families and concentrated on their work... they felt having a family would slow them down and were scared they might lose their job if they took maternity leave.
I was actually talking about this earlier today with a friend... I personally think it's a good idea if you think of the alternatives.

At May 17, 2007, 7:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though not "wonderfully fun" it is still Japanese news. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Meyume.

At May 17, 2007, 11:30:00 AM, Blogger Kami... said...

It is very informative for those that don't read the news down at the bottom from a month ago...
But maybe bringing it up, people might express their thoughts about it.
Or... maybe not?

At May 17, 2007, 6:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, when the alternative is abuse, abandonment, abortion, this seems to be the lesser of all evils. I am mildly surprised to see that this is such in issue in Japan that it makes news that a baby chute has been installed in a hospital. I've heard about anonymous drop off services in other countries as well as a few here, but this makes me seem to think this is a more recent and growing problem. It's a shame.

At May 18, 2007, 12:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learnt that in RE, i had an exam today on abortion. XD WELL, the lesser of 2 evils only apply to anglican christians.. >w>; AND IT'S ONLY WHEN YOU'VE BEEN RAPED OR YOUR BABY HAS A LOW QUALITY OF LIFE THE CHURCH WILL ALLOW YOU TO HAVE AN ABORTION <3


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