respondents said they felt supported by their family and friends and
considered that the future was far better today for those with Down's
syndrome. They pointed to integrated education in particular and a
greater acceptance of what it means to be different. One
respondent said: "I don't subscribe to the notion of the 'perfect human
being' and found the idea of selecting one child in preference to
another abhorrent." Another said: "I
already felt a strong sense of responsibility for my unborn child and
knew that I would love it and want it regardless of any additional
needs it might have. I knew I could count on friends and family for
support." The survey was compiled to coincide with the BBC Radio 4 documentary Born With Down's.
1. Guerrilla rainstorm (gerira gōu - ゲリラ豪雨):
Sudden, unpredictable rainstorms struck Japan with alarming frequency
and intensity this year. Although the expression “guerrilla rainstorm”
has been in use for about 30 years, this summer’s abnormally unstable
weather really hammered home the meaning.