INTERVIEW: New Justice Minister Eager to Fight Child Abuse


Tokyo, Sept. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan's new Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai has expressed his eagerness to devise measures to prevent child abuse within months following a string of serious abuse cases.

"I want to take necessary measures urgently, cooperating with related ministers, to eradicate child abuse, which has been unabated," Kawai said in a recent interview with media organizations including Jiji Press.

Kawai said he has ordered the establishment of a group consisting of all Justice Ministry departments to discuss child abuse prevention and eradication.

"We should fully deploy the Justice Ministry's capabilities, authority, personnel, budget and systems," he said. "We won't take much time. We'll present a course of action within several months."

On the issue of expanding the acceptance of foreign labor to the country, the minister said it is necessary to balance strict immigration management with smooth immigration procedures.

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