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.
The survey, covering all 1,741 municipalities in the nation, was conducted for 1,630 children who were registered as residents but missing as of June 1 last year. Among them were children who had been absent from school and infants who had not received periodic medical checkups.
The whereabouts of 1,602 of the total were confirmed by municipal governments by June 1 this year, through home visits by local officials and checks of records on departures from the country.
Of them, 57 may have been abused, with some of them having been temporarily taken into protective custody.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]