As Dr Alf says intervention by any state in affairs to do with parenting and family life will cause problems but the bigger problem is caused by people doing nothing or things being covered up.
The problem that the Japanese are painfully beginning to acknowledge to themselves is global.
Not far from where I used to live in South Lincolnshire, there is a village where everyone is very closely related and in the wider area of what is loosely described as the “Fens”, people talk of “web footed syndrome” which is their euphemism for child abuse and incest.
The phenomenon is well known to social workers but its legacy of inbreeding, hidden beatings, mental, low educational achievement, poverty in later life and psychological abuse continues.
In other parts of the country and internationally, babies born out of wedlock and emanating from bizarre rituals are sacrificed in ceremonies after their births were not registered and their very existence denied.
The police and social workers in the countries involved do their best but when prominent people are involved those in the lower ranks are threatened with loss of pension rights, promotion prospects or even their employment.
Here, in the UK, we see social workers disciplined for doing their job, even though a good many of them are woolly minded “sympathetic harmonizers”, oozing “compassion and concern”, whilst treating the Guardian newspaper as the Holy Grail.
Part of the answer is for people to recognize that in any society, there are people who are unremittingly evil who cannot be trusted with parenting, being in charge of people or behaving in accordance with the golden rule.
The American writer M Scott Peck, who uses psychological techniques to cure people with mental illness, found that about 15% would not respond but that when he used a Roman Catholic exorcism ceremony in Latin that most of these 15% were eventually cured.
Even then, there were people who were not cured simply because of their innate nature and their condition cannot be explained away as “an absence of good”.
Social workers need better training to spot these people and would be parents need to be taught about proper parenting from childhood.
Inculcation of the “golden rule” and a solid system of morality and duty needs to be drilled into people from the age of 4 with regular reinforcement.
Those who stray and end up in court need to be punished severely, made to see the error of their ways and given psychological help to reajust.
Those who are evil in a dangerous way need to be prevented from marrying or living with others by placing them in seperate communities far from everyone else.
The Japanese need to be prepared, as we all need to, that the problem is global but that some societies are better at dealing with it than others.
Losing young lives and seeing them ruined in my mind is worse than any loss of “face” hard as that will be for them or anyone to bear.