A total of 25 babies were left at a baby hatch facility for unwanted newborns inside a Kumamoto hospital during fiscal 2008, up from 17 in the facility’s inaugural year of fiscal 2007, the city of Kumamoto which gave permission for the facility said Monday. The latest figure brings the total number of babies and infants left at the baby hatch in the Jikei Hospital to 42 since the start of its operation in May 2007. None of the cases developed into criminal issues, such as child abuse.
Jikei is a Catholic hospital as one can tell by seeing the photo of the actual baby hatch. Some news videos and photos only focus on the bottom right hand area that is the exact hatch though and omit the Jesus & Mary window. Of course the affiliation of the hospital is not as important as the work they are doing, however, I am happy to hear good news about a Catholic organization. When the hospital first started operating the hatch there was a lot of criticism and speculation by some politicians and the media saying that the hatch would cause people to be more irresponsible and so on. Two years later no one is saying that now.
The hospital`s website in Japanese is here
My post about the same story last year is here