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2018.03.30

【Aging, safety net and fiscal crisis in Japan】No.82: The Number of Child Abuse Cases is Rising

In this column series, Yukihiro Matsuyama, Research Director at CIGS introduces the latest information about aging, safety net and fiscal crisis in Japan with data of international comparison.

In March 2018, the National Police Agency released statistics on child abuse. In recent years, we have often seen news about child abuse on television, but as shown in Figure 1, the number of children who died due to parental abuse is decreasing.

However, as shown in Table 1, the number of notifications of instances of suspicion of child abuse to the police has increased rapidly. This seems to be the result of public interest raised with child abuse becoming a social problem and the police calling for citizens to cooperate in early detection of and responding to child abuse.


Figure 1: Number of children who died due to abuse

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Source: National Police Agency



Table 1: Number of notifications of instances of suspicion of child abuse to police

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