170 Children In Protection For Possible Abuse

170 children in protection for possible abuse

Japan's government says its emergency survey on child abuse across the country has led to placing 170 children under protective custody nationwide by separating them from their guardians.

This was reported to a meeting of a government taskforce on child abuse on Thursday.

Govt. Approves Bill To Tackle Child Abuse

Govt. approves bill to tackle child abuse

Japan's government has approved revisions to its child abuse prevention law following a series of high-profile abuse cases in which victims have died.

The draft bill, approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday, bans parents from physically punishing children.

Abe Calls For Eradicating Child Abuse

Abe calls for eradicating child abuse

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.

Child Abuse Cases Hit Record High In Japan

Child abuse cases hit record high in Japan

Cases of child abuse and the number of abused children both hit record highs in Japan last year.

The National Police Agency says there were 1,380 cases of child abuse nationwide last year involving arrests or questioning. The number of victims under 18 totaled 1,394.

Inquiries Concering Child Abuse Soar

Inquiries concering child abuse soar

A Japanese non-profit organization says it has received twice the usual number of email inquiries in relation to child abuse since police said domestic abuse is suspected in the death of a girl in Chiba Prefecture.

Child Abuse Prevention Network Aichi, or CAPNA, has been receiving an average of more than seven inquiries a day since police arrested the father of 10-year-old Mia Kurihara last month.

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.

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.

Relevant Ministers To Discuss Child Abuse

Relevant ministers to discuss child abuse

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.

More Details Emerge On Child Abuse Case

More details emerge on child abuse case

More details have emerged on the death of a ten-year-old girl due to suspected abuse by her parents.

Mia Kurihara was found dead at her home in Noda City, near Tokyo, in late January. Police have arrested her parents on suspicion of inflicting injuries.

More Failures Found In Fatal Child Abuse Case

More failures found in fatal child abuse case

Officials at a child welfare center near Tokyo say they do not know when a 10-year-old girl who was temporarily in their care returned to her parents' home where she was fatally abused.

Mia Kurihara was found dead at her home in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, in late January. Her parents have been arrested on suspicion of inflicting injuries.
The prefecture's child welfare center has been criticized for its handling of the case.

Mother Allegedly Ignored Abuse Of Daughter

Mother allegedly ignored abuse of daughter

The Japanese mother of a girl suspected of dying from injury inflicted by her father reportedly overlooked abuse in order to escape being targeted herself.

Nagisa Kurihara was arrested on Monday for alleged involvement in the abuse of her 10-year-old daughter, Mia.

Photojournalist Hirokawa Apologizes For Sex Abuse

Photojournalist Hirokawa apologizes for sex abuse

Renowned photojournalist Ryuichi Hirokawa has apologized after a weekly magazine reported that several women claim he sexually abused them.

The Shukan Bunshun weekly says in its latest issue that the women, including those wishing to be photographers, have come forward to accuse him.

Child Abuse Referrals Spike In First Half Of 2018

Child abuse referrals spike in first half of 2018

The number of children reported by police to child consultation centers across Japan for suspected abuse shot upward in the first half of this year.

The National Police Agency says its personnel referred 37,113 children under the age of 18 to child centers from January through June. That's up 6,851 from the same period of 2017. The figure for all of 2017 set a record high.

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.