Abe Orders Checks Into Possible Child Abuse Cases

Abe orders checks into possible child abuse cases

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered emergency checks within a month into cases of suspected child abuse to confirm children's safety.

In a meeting of relevant Cabinet ministers on Friday, Abe ordered checks into all cases of possible abuse currently being handled by child welfare centers.

The order follows the arrest of the parents of a 10-year-old girl in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, on suspicion of inflicting injuries that led to their daughter's death.

Abe said it is deplorable that schools, boards of education and child welfare centers, which are supposed to protect children, failed to listen to the girl's cries for help.

He said the top priority should be protecting children's lives, and called for efforts to eradicate child abuse.

Abe also instructed the relevant ministers to ensure that new rules for handling information on possible cases of child abuse are followed. The rules prohibit the disclosure of information, including those who reported the abuse.