Archive for July 27th, 2012

No. of reported child abuse cases hits record high 59,862 in fiscal 2011

Posted on July 27, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

Crime Jul. 27, 2012 – 07:00AM JST ( 8 )

TOKYO —

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday that a record 59,862 cases of reported child abuse were handled by child welfare centers in Japan in fiscal 2011.

The figure includes 51 deaths, of which 23 were children younger than 12 months, the ministry said.

A ministry spokesman said that growing public awareness of child abuse and greater cooperation between law enforcement officials, hospitals and welfare authorities contributed to the high number of cases coming to light, NTV reported.

The official said that many cases involved unwanted pregnancies and teenage mothers who did not know how to look after their babies and who were frequently ostracized by their local communities.

The ministry said it is studying countermeasures, including consulting with obstetricians to identify potential abusers among young mothers and offering them counseling and assistance at an early stage before their babies are born, NTV reported.

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Education minister announces creation of anti-bullying task force

Posted on July 27, 2012. Filed under: Bullying | Tags: , , |

TOKYO — July 26th, 2012
Hirofumi Hirano, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, has announced government plans to introduce an
anti-bullying task force within the ministry.

Hirano told a news conference that the task force is to be responsible for identifying cases of serious bullying at an early stage, liaising with schools and education boards, advising education professionals and preventing recurrence, TBS reported Wednesday.

The education ministry also announced plans to carry out an emergency survey of all elementary, junior high and high schools in Japan next month in an attempt to establish the scale of the problem and to draw up appropriate counter-measures.

The new anti-bullying task force will come into effect in early August.

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