Some Serious Accidents at Child Care Facilities Unreported in Japan

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Tokyo, Nov. 9 (Jiji Press)--Some nursery facilities and municipalities in Japan failed to report serious accidents involving children at such facilities to authorities, the internal affairs ministry said in a survey released Friday.

Such serious accidents as bone fractures that occur at child care facilities must be reported to the state if they require 30 days or more for full recovery.

The ministry believes that some of those cases were unreported as the scope of serious accidents requiring mandatory reporting is unclear. It recommended the Cabinet Office and the welfare ministry to fix the problem.

The internal affairs ministry randomly selected 148 child care facilities across the country to examine accident records for fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016.

The ministry found that nine facilities, or 6 pct of the total, failed to report a total of 11 serious accidents, such as bone fractures and dislocations, to municipalities. All fatal accidents were reported properly.

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