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Domestic violence, child abuse cases hit records in Japan

  • February 4, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 12:03 p.m.
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Tokyo, Feb. 4 (Jiji Press)–The number of suspected domestic violence and child abuse cases both hit a record high in Japan in 2020, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.

Japanese police received 82,641 consultations on domestic violence, up 0.5 pct from the previous year.

The number of 17-year-old or younger children referred by police to child consultation centers across the country as suspected victims of abuse rose 8.9 pct to 106,960.


Of the suspected child abuse victims, 78,355 children, or about 70 pct of the total, suffered psychological abuse cases, such as seeing other family members being abused in front of them, and 19,452 experienced physical abuse. The number of neglected and sexually abused children came to 8,858 and 295, respectively.

Police took action on a record high of 2,131 child abuse cases.

Concerns are growing that the risk of domestic violence and child abuse may be increasing due to mounting anxiety and stress and a decrease in opportunities to meet with people outside the family amid the novel coronavirus epidemic.

The police agency said it will investigate domestic violence and child abuse cases to see whether the epidemic has had an impact and take steps to prevent them.

The number of cybercrimes increased apparently in line with the emergence of new malicious programs.

The NPA data showed that the number of suspicious access detected by police came to a record high of 6,506.4 per day per Internet Protocol address, up from 4,192.0 in 2019.

The data showed that the number of criminal offenses recognized by police dropped 17.9 pct to 614,303 cases, hitting a post-World War II low for the sixth consecutive year.

Especially, the number of street crimes, such as bag snatching and bicycle theft, dropped sharply, by 27 pct, apparently because people refrained from going out amid the epidemic.

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