Japan Ministers to Discuss Measures against Child Abuse on Fri.


Tokyo, Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that related cabinet ministers will hold a meeting on Friday to discuss measures against child abuse, following the death of a 10-year-old girl from the eastern prefecture of Chiba last month.

Abe unveiled the plan at a meeting of the Budget Committee of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament.

At Friday's meeting, participating ministers are expected to discuss the establishment of new rules on the handling of information on children who are possibly abused.

The girl, Mia Kurihara, a fourth-grader at an elementary school in the city of Noda, Chiba, was suspected to have been abused by her father, who has been arrested by local police for allegedly assaulting her.

The girl's school and a local board of education failed to accept "her desperate message" for help, Abe said, adding that the incident is extremely regrettable.

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