Fearful of germs and crime (after a spate of lurid killings of children), Japanese parents can now bring their children to the super-safe and germ-free Fantasy Kids Resort park:
Mothers bringing their children to Fantasy Kids Resort have to fill out application forms and present IDs for annual membership. About 20 uniformed staff members watch over the children and 16 security cameras hang from the ceilings.
Visitors also have to check their shoes in a foot locker -- for security as well as hygienic reasons.
"It prevents crime because you can't run away barefoot," said Satoru Hagiwara, president of Fantasyresort Co., the operator of the park.
The staff is also fastidious about cleanliness. Mothers who arrive with strollers are asked to wipe the wheels with anti-bacterial soap. The park's big sand box uses sterilized sand.
http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/features/news/p20060826p2g00m0fe029000c.html - via Spluch