AI to Help Handle Child Abuse Cases in Japan

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Tokyo, June 4 (Jiji Press)--Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and other entities have developed an artificial intelligence-based system to assess the seriousness of child abuse cases, in a bid to support operations at child consultation centers.

The initiative is aimed at helping personnel at the centers make decisions such as whether to take children possibly being abused into temporary protective custody or resort to other measures.

The system will be tested at two such centers in the western prefecture of Mie from late June.

The institute digitized information showing the level of seriousness of abuse, such as whether children have an injury on their face or other body parts, and whether children are asking for protection.

The system accumulated data of some 6,000 child abuse cases handled by child consultation centers in Mie over the six years to 2018.

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