• Kyodo


The number of unwanted babies dropped off at Jikei Hospital’s so-called baby hatch reached 11 in fiscal 2014 — topping 10 for the first time in four years, the city of Kumamoto has said.

The hospital, in Kumamoto Prefecture, opened the Konotori no Yurikago (Stork Cradle) in 2007 as a safe option for parents who feel they can’t raise their children.

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