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Saving abused kids more vital than protecting ‘brand image’

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Any neighborhood “jido sodansho” (child consultation center) is the last line of defense against child abuse in Japan.

When parents or guardians are a threat to their children’s welfare, workers from the local centers visit the homes to take the children into temporary custody.

It is not rare for the children’s irate, belligerent parents to physically threaten the center workers.

According to a report by my colleague, Maki Okubo, there are self-protection tips for visiting workers.

One goes, “Don’t wear heels, as that will hamper your agility.” Another states, “Keep your bag light to ensure freedom of movement.”


© The Asahi Shimbun