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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2007 4:39 am 
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http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/05/16/baby.drop.ap/index.html

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Dad dumps preschooler in box for unwanted newborns

TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- A Japanese drop box for unwanted babies triggered a wave of nationwide soul searching Wednesday, a day after it was discovered a preschooler -- and not an infant -- had been dumped there by his father on its first day of operation.

Nationally circulated newspapers warned that the anonymous drop-off, known as "Stork's Cradle," is open for abuse and could traumatize youngsters. They also condemned the father, saying his action could spur copycats.

The drop-off was opened last Thursday by the 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 believed to be 3 was found inside.

The boy, who was in good health, reportedly said he was dropped off 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.

The find triggered a wave of outrage among political leaders on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying "Anonymously throwing out a child is unacceptable." He urged parents to consult social workers for help if raising children gets too tough.

Local media reported that the boy was able to identify himself by name. But it was unclear whether the father had been identified.

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 in the current case because the child was left in a situation in which it was not exposed to immediate harm, Kyodo News reported Wednesday.

"We must rethink the meaning of the baby drop-off," the conservative Sankei newspaper said in an editorial. "Unlike a baby, a toddler may suffer from trauma."

"This little boy must be experiencing great loneliness. We urge his mother or father to come forward," the newspaper said, calling his abandonment "unforgivable."

The Yomiuri newspaper said it was too early to judge the baby-drop, but said that it must be used for its original purpose of receiving newborns, not young children. Parents should also be encouraged to seek outside help before dumping their offspring.

The Mainichi said the misuse of the box could inspire copycats.

A small hatch on the side of the hospital has been set up to allow people to drop off babies into an incubator 24 hours a day.

The drop box was created after a series of high-profile cases in which newborn babies were left behind in parks and supermarkets, triggering a public outcry and government warnings against abandoning babies.


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And Japanese fertility rate is...? (low if I recall correctly)

This is so not funny. (usually it's 'Japan+weird=funny')

And he didn't remember to give him up for adoption instead? Poor kid.

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A small hatch on the side of the hospital has been set up to allow people to drop off babies into an incubator 24 hours a day.

Baby oven?


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Baby fridge. Keeps 'em fresh.

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Baby fridge. Keeps 'em fresh.


Yeah. An incubated fridge.

Well done.

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onion wrote:
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Baby fridge. Keeps 'em fresh.

Yeah. An incubated fridge.

Well done.

Hahaha!

Oh god.


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Oh the results of a shame based culture...

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onion wrote:
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Baby fridge. Keeps 'em fresh.


Yeah. An incubated fridge.

Well done.


*insert appropriate reply/comeback here*

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I was distracted by porn. What were we talking about again?

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I think diamonds should move aside --- the baby drop-box is a girl's best friend.

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I was distracted by porn. What were we talking about again?


The end result of said porn.


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I was distracted by porn. What were we talking about again?


The end result of said porn.


Sperm genocide?

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This thread has so far been an affront to humanity.

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I agree....get one of the admin to sticky it.

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I agree....get one of the admin to sticky it.

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Do you actually read any of the threads here or do you just scroll down, click reply and smash your face off of the keyboard repeatedly till you have something that looks like real words?

What admins?

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As an uncle to enough toddlers to fill a preschool, you cannot believe how much this sincerely chaps my ass. The man needs his kneecaps and pelvis shattered. Preferably by a three-ton truck at fifty-five mph.

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As an uncle to enough toddlers to fill a preschool, you cannot believe how much this sincerely chaps my ass. The man needs his kneecaps and pelvis shattered. Preferably by a three-ton truck at fifty-five mph.


As much as I agree with this reaction (and I do *a lot*) part of me has been hanging back from out right persecution of this situation. The drop box is actually 'in theory' a really good idea. True the moral implications are deffinitely murky but from a completely rational and logical stand point it's better than leaving a baby in a skip to freeze to death. It's deffinitely a completely japanese idea and I think I'm lacking the cultural imperative to make any kind of judgement about a situation I don't wholly understand.

It's Japan. It cannot be judged.

They have giant robots.

They can do what they want.

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As an uncle to enough toddlers to fill a preschool, you cannot believe how much this sincerely chaps my ass. The man needs his kneecaps and pelvis shattered. Preferably by a three-ton truck at fifty-five mph.


As much as I agree with this reaction (and I do *a lot*) part of me has been hanging back from out right persecution of this situation. The drop box is actually 'in theory' a really good idea. True the moral implications are deffinitely murky but from a completely rational and logical stand point it's better than leaving a baby in a skip to freeze to death. It's deffinitely a completely japanese idea and I think I'm lacking the cultural imperative to make any kind of judgement about a situation I don't wholly understand.

It's Japan. It cannot be judged.

They have giant robots.

They can do what they want.


Never thought the drop box was a bad idea either. Hell, it has the potential to be a great idea. You hear too many stories these days about people who, for some reason or another, are incapable of raising an infant properly. I'll spare you all my exceedingly harsh criticisms of such people, since I imagine that, for some of them, there's a certain agonizing sort of shame involved... I know that'd be the case for me if I found myself confronted with the possibility of having to give up a child. But this man in particular? Yeah, he needs to be introduced to a chrome steel bumper. Preferably one connected to a truck cab painted to look like a robot, with a car horn that sounds suspiciously like Doomie of Beetlejuice fame when in use.

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