About 90% of 47 prefectures and 20 government-designated cities did not conduct law-mandated studies on the relative poverty rates of children in their communities or have no plan to do so, a Tokyo Shimbun survey shows.
The daily sent questionnaires to municipalities from late April to early May, and 97% of them responded.
The child poverty act was implemented in January 2014 to address the issue of child poverty. The Cabinet Office and other ministries concerned require local governments to conduct research on situations affecting child poverty and take necessary measures.
Okinawa is the only prefecture that has already conducted child poverty studies. The results highlight that most local communities are reluctant to conduct such studies. (Abridged)