A government panel is discussing ways to improve assistance to crime victims and their families. It has already decided to increase financial assistance for such people. But it should not forget that stronger support for organizations that assist such people will go a long way toward improving their conditions, too.

In 1980, Japan introduced a law to pay allowances to victims of such crimes as murder and bodily injury. In 2004, a basic law for crime victim assistance was enacted. According to a basic plan worked out in 2005 in line with that law, the government decided on 258 types of assistance, including housing, employment and health, psychiatric and welfare services.

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