Japan is a wealthy, progressive, and developed country known for its rich culture, trendy fashion, and established tech industry. It is therefore hard to believe that over 36,000 children live without family or parental figures in government operated orphanages. In 2012, the Japan Times reported that only 12% of all orphaned children were placed in foster care, in comparison with 93.5% in Australia and 77.0% in the United States. Individual attention is necessary during formative years can a lack thereof can have lasting adverse effects on a child’s life and development. While orphanages throughout Japan are often well-kept facilities with a hardworking and extremely loving staff, caring for this large group of young children can be extremely difficult as child to staff ratios can be upward of 8:1. Maintenance and finances for these large institutions can also prove problematic as locations often lack the time, manpower, and finances to properly maintain their facilities.