25 babies left at Kumamoto baby hatch in fiscal 2008

1 06 2009



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.

article here

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


Life Issues in Church

4 03 2009

Recently a reader asked if I had ever heard anyone talk about life issues such as abortion in church and the answer sadly is no.   Of course there may be some priests who mention such things in church however I have not personally heard them here.  I have never heard a homily here that even touches anything controversial even though  several weeks ago the readings were about leprosy so a perfect chance to talk about even that was avoided.  I think there are at least four reasons why sensitive issues like abortion are not mentioned.  1 it has been around for so long here (1950) that it seems to not be challenged or contested and just accepted.  2.  No one wants to talk about it for fear of upsetting anyone who may have had an abortion or fear of just upsetting everyone.  I think even talking about hell is avoided for the same reason its simply not a pleasant subject.  3.  People seem to be more focused on promoting and talking about peace and charity related things especially aid to poorer countries.  There is nothing wrong with being charitable etc I just think other issues are more important.   4.  the Archbishop of Denver said recently about the past forty years in the U.S which I think applies to some extent to Japan as well.

Chaput expanded, “It seems like there has been a very bad period of catechesis of people in the Church, not only catechesis of the laity but also catechesis of the clergy and it’s bearing bad fruit in our time.”

“We need to reinvigorate the Church’s understanding of the horror of abortion,” Chaput continued. “It seems that we have become deadened to the horror of abortion.”  source

Mom of 12 documents crowds at March for Life

29 01 2009

Here is the article and here are her photos.   I have never had a chance to participate is such a march but certainly would if I could.  I dont even know if such marches are held here but if not they certainly should be.   Even if a group of people stood at a busy train station with posters I am certain they would get a lot of attention simply because most passerby would never have seen or thought of such a protest.

Workers urged: Go home and multiply

26 01 2009

TOKYO, Japan (CNN) — Even before one reaches the front door of Canon’s headquarters in Tokyo, one can sense the virtual stampede of employees pouring out of the building exactly at 5:30 p.m.

In a country where 12-hour workdays are common, the electronics giant has taken to letting its employees leave early twice a week for a rather unusual reason: to encourage them to have more babies.

cnn article

Canon isn’t the first company to try to motivate their employees to produce future employees so this isn’t the first story Ive read about such incentives, however, with each story like this I read though I want to shout it is too little too late!

“Canon has a very strong birth planning program,” says the company’s spokesman Hiroshi Yoshinaga. “Sending workers home early to be with their families is a part of it.”

Oh doesn’t that sound wonderful (sarcasm) a company birth planning program as if people are robots who need to be told to have kids.   Tell`em when to breed, tell `em when to stop.

Japan in the midst of an unprecedented recession, so corporations are being asked to work toward fixing another major problem: the country’s low birthrate.

Unprecedented recession?  My impression is that the economic bubble burst of the early 1990s was worse but hey cnn doesn’t quote facts or sources so I will just go with my hunch too.

Keidanren, Japan’s largest business group, with 1,300 major international corporations as members, has issued a plea to its members to let workers go home early to spend time with their families and help Japan with its pressing social problem.

Will more family time really make that much difference when people need other things to raise a family too like money possibly from overtime at work.

One reason for the low birth rate is the 12-hour workday. But there are several other factors compounding the problem — among them, the high cost of living, and social rigidity toward women and parenting.

It isn’t just 12 hours at work people also have to commute, often by train over an hour each way to and from work so that makes it at least a 14 hour day.  The part about social rigidity toward women and parenting is the dumbest thing Ive ever read on cnn.  It doesn’t even make sense and anyone who knows anything raising kids in Japan knows that being a housewife is not looked down up here as it is in so many other countries it is still a title women can have pride in.  Yes the mom is expected to do a lot of the child raising while the father works long hours  to provide for the family but how is that social rigidity?  Please cnn define your terms!  Another factor in fewer children is that the extended family is often far away in another prefecture so the help parents might have received from Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles isn’t available because of distance.  Speaking of size people move to large cities for jobs but then have to raise a family in an apartment big enough for a family with two children and not really designed for more.  Basically everything is meant with two children in mind.

In addition, Japan’s population is aging at a faster pace than any other country in the world.

Wow I’m impressed that the elderly in Japan are somehow managing to age faster than other humans!  And here I thought all humans aged at the same rate each year being the same length for everyone but I guess not.

Analysts say the world’s second-largest economy faces its greatest threat from its own social problems, rather than outside forces. And the country desperately needs to make some fixes to its current social and work structures, sociologists say.

Canon says its 5:30 p.m. lights-out program is one simple step toward helping address the population problem. It also has an added benefit: Amid the global economic downturn the company can slash overtime across the board twice a week.

Like I said before I think simply going home early two days a week is too little too late.  Some local governments and companies here have even started to offer cash bonuses to people for each child they have but I read recently that that isn’t helping either.  The problem of not having enough population started sixty years ago in 1949 when abortion was allowed and promoted because people were worried Japan would have too big a population.  Sixty years later and over fifty million people killed through abortion source it is going to take a while cultural shift to a culture of life to fix things not a few less working hours or throwing money at people.

Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood’s Racist Founder

21 01 2009

Of all the minutes you will ever spend watching videos on youtube the seven you will spend on this one are among the most valuable.  Too bad the new U.S president has not seen it nor likely ever will as he throws open the floodgates of abortion.

I will end with the following quote by a man who is being quoted a lot lately and a reminder to at least pray for the end of such evils as abortion.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Another ‘champion of abortion’ becomes defender of life: the story of Sotjan Adasevic

13 11 2008

Please take five minutes out of your day to read his amazing story.

article here

The Spanish daily “La Razon” has published an article on the pro-life conversion of a former “champion of abortion.” Stojan Adasevic, who performed 48,000 abortions, sometimes up to 35 per day, is now the most important pro-life leader in Serbia, after 26 years as the most renowned abortion doctor in the country.


After this experience, Adasevic “told the hospital he would no longer perform abortions. Never before had a doctor in Communist Yugoslavia refused to do so.  They cut his salary in half, fired his daughter from her job, and did not allow his son to enter the university.”

Spanish abortion supporters call for church burnings

22 10 2008

In my last post I mentioned we should be careful not to dismiss the violence against Christians in India as something that would never happen in our own cities and towns, well today I came across this article.

On October 18, a group of 40 feminists gathered to counter the pro-life protests, which brought out four times as many people. They passed out boxes of matches with the picture of a burning church and the caption, “The only church that brings light is the one that burns.  Join us!”