Sep 19, 2014

Child abuse and neglect killed 51 children in 2012

Fifty-one children and babies died as a result of physical abuse or neglect in Japan in fiscal 2012, the health ministry said Friday. Eleven were newborns abandoned to die within a day of their birth, the government data showed, and nearly half of the ...

Kodomo no Ie: home away from home

Sep 13, 2014

Kodomo no Ie: home away from home

by Masami Ito

The sound of giggling fills a room at Kodomo no Ie, a children’s institution in northern Tokyo, as a group of half a dozen girls work on their homework while waiting for dinner to be served. It’s the same situation that is typically played ...

Waking up to child abuse

Sep 13, 2014

Waking up to child abuse

by Masami Ito

With reported cases of child abuse topping 70,000 per annum for the first time in August, Masami Ito examines the nation's changing attitudes toward violence at home.

Aug 29, 2014

2,900 children officially declared missing in Japan

Some 2,900 children below the age of 18 were deemed missing as of May 1 this year, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko said Friday. The figure represents the number of children in Japan registered with municipalities as citizens but who could not be ...

Aug 15, 2014

Teacher in Shizuoka reportedly urged student to commit suicide

A teacher at an elementary school in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, is facing discipline for abusive treatment of one of his pupils that allegedly included urging him to commit suicide. The 41-year-old teacher allegedly told his second-grade student on July 17, “Do you have (a ...

Aug 14, 2014

Couple accused of abusing children arrested after five-year manhunt

A couple accused of leaving their severely injured 2-year-old daughter at a hospital and keeping their other adopted children in putrid conditions were arrested after a five-year manhunt, authorities said Wednesday. The search for Janet and Ramon Barreto began when they skipped bail in ...