Survey: Child Suicide Rate Reaches 30 Year High

Survey: Child suicide rate reaches 30 year high

Japan's education ministry says 332 school children committed suicide in the year through March, the highest number since records began in 1988.

The ministry's survey covered elementary, junior high and high schools across Japan. The number of suicides rose by 82 from the previous year.

Child Victim Often Seen Alone Before Her Death

Child victim often seen alone before her death

A 4-year-old girl who died after a suspected assault case in Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan was often seen walking alone and uncared for on the streets long before her death.

Shun Hiwatashi, boyfriend of Riara Otsuka's mother, was arrested on suspicion of hitting the girl in the head last week. The 21-year-old construction worker lived with the mother and the girl in the city of Izumi.

Reported Cases Of Child Abuse Hit New High

Reported cases of child abuse hit new high

New government figures show child consultation centers across Japan handled a record number of child abuse cases last fiscal year, which ended in March.

Officials of the welfare ministry say the number of reported cases was 159,850 -- an increase of about 26,000 from the previous year. The statistics cover children under 18.

Child Population Drops For 38 Straight Years

Child population drops for 38 straight years

May 5 is Children's Day in Japan. But the number of children in the country has declined for 38 straight years since 1982, and is now at an all-time-low.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs says the number of children under 15 years old totaled 15.33 million as of April 1 -- 7.85 million boys and 7.48 million girls.

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.

Father Submitted Letter To Child Welfare Center

Father submitted letter to child welfare center

The father of a ten-year-old girl who died after suspected domestic violence had submitted to a child welfare center a letter in which the daughter said she had lied about being abused by her father.

Mia Kurihara was found dead at her home in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, last month. Police arrested her parents on suspicion of inflicting injuries that led to Mia's death.