Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will call a meeting of relevant cabinet ministers on Friday over the death of a ten-year-old girl who was apparently abused by her parents.
The girl was found dead at her home near Tokyo in January. Police have arrested her parents on suspicion of inflicting injuries.
Speaking in the Diet on Thursday, Abe expressed regret that both the school and the board of education missed the girl's desperate calls for help.
He said the fact that institutions that are meant to protect children failed to do so is something the government takes seriously.
Abe added that relevant Cabinet ministers will discuss measures for urgent checks on children's safety, new rules for handling information on possibly abused children, and better cooperation between schools and child welfare centers.