Child Abuse Cases In Japan Hit Record High

Child abuse cases in Japan hit record high

Child consultation centers across Japan handled more than 130,000 reported child abuse cases in fiscal 2017, a record high.

The welfare ministry on Thursday released the figures for the year through March 2018 at a meeting of the heads of child consultation centers nationwide.

The ministry said the centers handled 133,778 reports of abuse by parents or other guardians on children under the age of 18. The number is up by more than 11,000 from the previous year.

More than half, or 72,197, of the cases fell into the category of psychological abuse that includes verbal abuse and display of domestic violence in front of children.
There were 33,223 cases of physical abuse, 26,818 cases of neglect and 1,540 sexual abuse cases.

The number of handled cases has been rising every year since record-taking began in 1990.

A notable increase can be seen in the number of cases involving children witnessing violence within the family.
The welfare ministry says this is due to the growing number of reports from police.

The ministry says not just child consultation centers but local governments need to get involved to strengthen community-wide efforts to deal with the problem.