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In Japan, some care givers of elderly and sick relatives are as young as 11

Published May 02 2021 at 4:15 AM GMT
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  • Yukiko Okimura was just 11 years old when her mother, a single parent, was left paralysed by a traffic accident on her way to work in Kanagawa Prefecture, west of Tokyo, in 2001.
  • A tragic upheaval already in the life of any primary school kid, what made it doubly transformative for Okimura was suddenly finding herself taking on the role of her mother’s main carer, with no relatives ready to step in.
  • Nevertheless, Okimura was far from alone in being saddled with what is usually regarded as an….



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  • Published May 2, 2021 4:15 AM GMT