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ERIC Number: ED458937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Children's Rights: A Quote from Toyohiko Kagawa.
Ishigaki, Emiko Hannah
Toyohiko Kagawa, a Japanese Christian minister nominated for the Nobel Peace prize in 1955, had important contributions to the establishment of children's rights and protection in Japan. This paper reviews Kagawa's personal and educational experiences, his work in the labor movement, his missionary work in Manchuria and China, and his participation in the peasant movement. Probably the first Japanese to speak publicly on children's rights, Kagawa spoke in 1924 on six rights of children: the right to eat, play, sleep, be scolded without anger, have fighting between their parents stopped, and ask parents to stop drinking. These six rights of children are examined, and the paper contends that for children to grow up soundly, adults must recognize these rights. The cultural background to Kagawa's presentation is explained, focusing on changes in the traditional Japanese family since World War II. The paper concludes by noting that Kagawa's views on children's rights are currently receiving greater recognition in Japan, especially by parents who are increasingly recognizing the necessity of scolding children in their upbringing. (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan