7 Infants Left in Kumamoto Baby Hatch in FY 2018

Society Lifestyle

Kumamoto, May 27 (Jiji Press)--Seven infants were left in a baby hatch in the southwestern Japan city of Kumamoto in fiscal 2018, which ended in March this year, the municipal government said Monday.

A total of 144 infants have been brought to the hatch, called "Konotori no Yurikago" (storks' cradle), since it was set up at Jikei Hospital in calendar 2007. The hatch allows parents having difficulty in rearing their babies to leave them anonymously.

Four of the seven infants left in fiscal 2018 were boys, while the other three were girls. All of the seven were under one year old. Of them, five were under one month old.

Of the seven, four were born at home, without the help of medical personnel. The parents' whereabouts have been found for six of them.

On their reasons for using the baby hatch, with multiple answers allowed, poverty was cited by three of the parents and child-rearing anxieties by two.

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