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The welfare ministry has begun a survey of child abuse cases to see if the victims also suffered from sexual violence, with an eye toward tackling the most difficult cases, particularly if they occur within a family, according to ministry officials.

The survey was prompted by the high-profile death of 10-year-old Mia Kurihara in January last year due to physical abuse at her home in Chiba Prefecture. When temporarily in protective custody, she revealed that she had also suffered sexual abuse, the officials said.

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