732 Problem Sex Cases between Care Home Kids Confirmed in FY '17

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Tokyo, April 26 (Jiji Press)--Problematic sex-related conduct between children at care facilities in Japan totaled 732 cases in fiscal 2017, involving 1,371 kids, a welfare ministry survey said Friday.

The survey was the first fact-finding survey on the matter. The ministry will analyze the background of the problems to work out preventive measures.

Experts on the issue cite concerns about possible sexual violence at such facilities between children with difficult backgrounds, including abuse from parents.

The child welfare law stipulates that violence by facility staff must be reported to local municipalities. But reporting child-on-child violence is not mandatory, so the reality of such violence has not been understood well.

As of the end of March 2018, when the reporting fiscal year closed, Japan had some 600 homes for orphans and other children in need of protection, accommodating a total of 25,000 kids.

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