170 Children Taken under Protection due to Abuse Risks

Politics Lifestyle

Tokyo, March 28 (Jiji Press)--A total of 170 children were separated from their parents for temporary protective custody or taken into welfare facilities in Japan due to high risks of being abused, according to the results of a recent emergency safety survey released by the welfare ministry on Thursday.

The nationwide survey covered 37,806 children who were receiving support at home from child consultation centers as of Feb. 14.

Specifically, officials from such centers, municipal governments or medical institutions conducted the survey mainly through interviews by March 8.

Meanwhile, they were unable to meet with 2,626 children. The ministry has asked local authorities and others to carry out reinvestigations on these children and report their conditions by April 11.

The survey was conducted in the wake of the death of a 10-year-old elementary school girl in the city of Noda, Chiba Prefecture, eastern Japan, in January in a high-profile abuse case.

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