Child Abuse, Domestic Violence Surge In Japan

Child abuse, domestic violence surge in Japan

The number of criminal offenses in Japan has fallen to a new low, but child abuse and domestic violence are at record highs.

The National Police Agency said on Thursday that it confirmed more than 817,000 criminal offenses last year -- a decline of 10.7 percent. The figure has fallen for the 16th year in a row, and is the lowest since record-keeping began in 1946.

But reports of suspected child abuse soared by about 15,000 from the previous year to about 80,000. Police made about 1,400 arrests.

Consultations with police about domestic violence rose to a new record high of about 77,000. More than 9,000 arrests were made in 2018.