Tokyo and Saitama: Would you ever consider adopting a child?

by Mark Buckton

Special To The Japan Times

Raul Montero
Freelance communicator, 44 (French-Venezuelan)
I’m not interested in children, but completely agree that adoption is OK and about sharing life experiences and culture with kids. As a gay man, I also think (adoption) is fine if you are gay or straight.

Keiko Hashimoto
Office worker, 46 (Japanese)
Adoption isn’t something I have considered and probably wouldn’t at this time in my life. But thinking about it now, it is, of course, something that should be encouraged if it helps children, and gives them a better quality of life.

Selena Hoy
Writer, 35 (American)
I would absolutely consider adoption. I wish the system in Japan was more conducive to adoption or even foster care. The care workers are wonderful and they’re doing the best they can, but the kids deserve more for a better chance in life.

Jason Weiss
Kids’ entertainer, 23 (Japanese-American)
While I’m still years away from making that decision myself, it is something I would certainly consider in the future, provided, of course, that I would be able to make a positive difference in that child’s life.

Momo Ozawa
Architecture student, 22 (Japanese)
My experience helping out at a charity in Japan that helps disadvantaged children is the No. 1 reason why I’d consider adoption. I’ve had a great time interacting with the kids and seeing them grow.

Thunder Shiviah
Math student, 22 (American)
If I have the resources later in my life to go ahead and actually adopt a child, I would be more than happy to do so at the right time. In my opinion, just getting the chance to bring happiness into a child’s life is a wonderful opportunity.

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