Mom & Dad Give Son 'Letter of Resignation' on His 20th Birthday (PHOTO)

letterIf you've ever gotten a bit fed up with your parenting duties (and who hasn't?), you'll appreciate -- actually, you'll LOVE -- the "letter of resignation" a Japanese mom and dad gave their son on his 20th birthday. (Or you'll like it more than he did, at least!)


Indeed, we're not sure what Yuma Hasegawa was expecting when he opened his parents' gift, but it probably wasn't a letter titled "Notice of Expiration of Child-Rearing Services." 

Happy 20th Birthday!

Notice of Expiration of Child-Rearing Services:

As of October 4 2015, your father, Yoshikazu Hasegawa, and mother, Chiaki Hasegawa, have completed their duties of raising their child: you, Yuma Hasegawa.

Going forward, please become a proper and responsible member of society, like your father and mother.
In addition, should you continue living in the Hasegawa family home, please make a monthly payment of 20,000 yen [£108] for rent, utility, and grocery expenses.

Also, please be aware that should you ask for a loan from your parents, interest will be charged.
Points to note upon reaching the age of 20:

You must make compulsory national pension payments. If you put this off it will cause problems, so make the payments.

Should you commit a crime, your face and name can now be shown on television and in newspapers. You will also have a permanent criminal record.

You can now buy alcohol and tobacco products. Do not drive while intoxicated.

You can get married without your parents’ permission. However, they may not emotionally accept your wife as their daughter-in-law if you don’t discuss the situation without them beforehand.

Think responsibly about the future and set aside an adequate amount of savings from the money you earn.

Please enjoy your life as an adult.

Twenty is the age of legal adulthood in Japan, and, as such, Hasegawa's parents stated in the letter that he would now be expected to become a "proper, excellent member of society." Among his duties as a model citizen: Paying his mother and father rent and being charged interest on all parental loans. (Hasegawa has already been paying rent, he noted. Jeez, Mom and Dad!) The letter ended with this wise counsel:

"Think responsibly about the future and save money diligently. Please enjoy your life as an adult." 

Don't you just love how official-looking it is? Apparently the status translates to: "Stern gift from Mom and Dad." Well, I should say so.

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Still, it's also a fond and funny gift -- even Hasegawa acknowledged on Twitter that the letter was pretty much a joke. And it's a gift any parent can relate to. I mean, come on, are we really supposed to be responsible for these human beings every single day for the rest of their lives?? (Kidding! Kinda.) Not that one ever truly stops being a parent, but the thought of our children someday turning into fully functional, independent people who pay their own bills and live good, productive lives is pretty much the dream that gets us through our worst days, right?

Let's hope Hasegawa really does become a "proper, excellent member of society." With parents like that, I have a sneaking suspicion he just might!


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