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Hiroshima “Grandma” supports delinquent children

  • January 7, 2017
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Saturday evening’s “NHK Special” reported on an 82-year-old woman named Chikako Nakamoto in Hiroshima who is known as “Ba-chan” (Grandma) by the many delinquent children she has helped to raise. Nakamoto worked as a volunteer probation officer for many years until she retired six years ago. She still welcomes children into her home and serves them homemade meals in the belief that “children act up when they’re hungry.” The program said 38,921 minors were arrested for criminal offenses in 2016, and 36.4% of them became repeat offenders, adding that the risk of children committing crimes is increasing due to growing income disparity and poverty. However, such children reportedly have no place to go because society is becoming increasingly intolerant. The program showed how Nakamoto touches the hearts of such children and provides them with opportunities to get back on track.

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