No. of reported child abuse cases exceeds 70,000 in 2013

Posted on August 7, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 AUG. 06, 2014 – TOKYO —

Child welfare consultation centers across Japan reported a total of 73,765 cases of child abuse in 2013—the highest ever and the first time the total has surpassed 70,000, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

The ministry said in a report that the figure referred to cases concerning children aged 18 and under, who were beaten or sexually abused by parents, siblings or other relatives, TV Asahi reported Tuesday.

The figure for 2013 was 7,064 higher than 2012. Ministry officials said they believe that although the actual number of child abuse cases may have increased, the higher number is more a result of society’s understanding of child abuse, and the growing acceptance of it as a problem in modern Japanese society, TV Asahi reported.

By region, the highest number of cases was in the Osaka area where 10,716 incidents were reported. Kanagawa Prefecture was second with 9,803 reported cases. Tokyo had 5,414 cases.

The ministry said there are currently 207 welfare consultation centers across Japan with 2,771 counselors.

Japan Today

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