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Abused Children in Japan Top 30,000 in First Half of 2017 (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 21 (Jiji Press)—The number of children suspected to have been abused in Japan in January–June 2017 topped 30,000, the first time ever for the figure to reach this level since half-year data started to be compiled in 2011, the National Police Agency said Thursday. Police referred a total of 30,262 suspected abuse victims aged 17 or younger to child consultation centers in the first …

28 Children Unaccounted for in Japan (News)

Tokyo, June 29 (Jiji Press)--The number of 17-year-old and younger people who were unaccounted for in Japan as of June 1 stood at 28, up from 25 about a year before, a survey by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry showed Thursday. Relevant local governments are accelerating efforts to confirm the whereabouts of the missing children in cooperation with police and child consultation centers. …

Japan’s Crisis of Missing and Abused ChildrenIshikawa Yūki

As Japan grapples with the social implications of its desperately low birthrate, the welfare of children is also in jeopardy. Of note is a sharp increase in child abuse. In 2014, child guidance offices reported providing support in approximately 89,000 cases nationwide, a startling 80-fold increase from 1990 when figures were initially compiled. But even as the issue garners greater media attentio…

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