© Reuters. Individuals wearing Santa Claus costumes trip their motorbikes throughout Xmas Toy Run parade amid the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo
By Akira Tomoshige
TOKYO (Reuters) – Harley Davidson bikers wearing Santa Claus costumes rode by the streets of central Tokyo on Sunday for his or her annual parade towards baby abuse, saying extra youngsters had been susceptible in 2020 as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
The parade, adopted by a toy run to donate toys to children, is a worldwide custom round Christmas time. In Tokyo, the occasion is held by members of the “Harley Santa Membership”, based in 2008.
On the parade, bikers stated this yr’s occasion meant extra, as a result of extra youngsters had been susceptible to home violence throughout the coronavirus yr.
“Particularly due to the coronavirus pandemic this yr, I believe there are numerous baby abuse circumstances out of sight,” stated Takashi Mine, director of the occasion.
“It is rather probably now that folks will take the stress out on their youngsters after dropping their jobs, so I believe significantly throughout the pandemic we have now to do the parade,” he stated.
The variety of baby abuse circumstances in Japan per thirty days rose as much as 20% between January and March versus the identical interval final yr, as extra households frolicked at house due to the pandemic, the day by day Asahi Shimbun reported.
The variety of reported baby abuse circumstances was a file excessive final yr, in keeping with the well being ministry.
Usually lots of of motorcyclists participate within the parade, however due to coronavirus solely about 100 rode this yr.
Nonetheless, riders proudly roared their engines to convey Christmas pleasure to children residing in youngsters’s properties. Riders plan to go to 4 properties in Tokyo this yr to donate toys and sweet to about 400 youngsters.
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