Harley Davidson bikers wearing Santa Claus costumes rode via the streets of central Tokyo on Sunday for his or her annual parade towards little one 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 world custom round Christmas time. In Tokyo, the occasion is held by members of the “Harley Santa Membership”, based in 2008.
On the parade, bikers mentioned this 12 months’s occasion meant extra, as a result of extra youngsters had been susceptible to home violence throughout the coronavirus 12 months.
“Particularly due to the coronavirus pandemic this 12 months, I feel there are numerous little one abuse instances out of sight,” mentioned Takashi Mine, director of the occasion.
“It is extremely possible now that folks will take the stress out on their youngsters after dropping their jobs, so I feel notably throughout the pandemic we’ve to do the parade,” he mentioned.
The variety of little one abuse instances in Japan per 30 days rose as much as 20% between January and March versus the identical interval final 12 months, as extra households hung out at dwelling due to the pandemic, the every day Asahi Shimbun reported.
The variety of reported little one abuse instances was a file excessive final 12 months, in line with the well being ministry.
Usually a whole bunch of motorcyclists participate within the parade, however due to coronavirus solely about 100 rode this 12 months.
Nonetheless, riders proudly roared their engines to deliver Christmas pleasure to children dwelling in youngsters’s houses. Riders plan to go to 4 houses in Tokyo this 12 months to donate toys and sweet to about 400 youngsters.