Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed cabinet ministers to use all available means to eradicate child abuse.
Abe told a meeting of relevant ministers on Tuesday that reports of child abuse are rising every year.
He stressed the importance of seamless action -- from prevention and early detection to prompt and proper response as well as support for victims.
Abe told ministers to work toward eradicating abuse with a strong resolve to protect children.
The ministers confirmed that child welfare centers and police should share information and increase their cooperation on suspected abuse cases.
They also agreed to work on developing facilities that can offer temporary protection to children facing abuse.