Japan Child Abuse Cases Hit Record in FY 2017

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Tokyo, Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)--The number of child abuse cases handled by child counselling centers across Japan in fiscal 2017 increased 11,203, or 9.1 pct, from the previous year to 133,778, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in a preliminary report on Thursday.

The annual number hit a record high for the 27th straight year after statistics began in fiscal 1990, which ended in March 1991.

The fiscal 2017 growth is mainly attributed to a rise in reports by police to the child centers of psychological abuse cases involving spousal violence in front of children, according to the ministry.

The ministry said the number of people under 18 years old who died from abuse in fiscal 2016 fell by seven to 77.

Excluding 28 children who died in family suicide cases, 32, or 65.3 pct, of the 49 victims were less than one year old. Eleven babies died within a day of birth.

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