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30 pct of children hospitalized with COVID-19 had no symptoms

Tokyo, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)–Some 30 pct of hospitalized COVID-19 patients aged under 18 in Japan had no symptoms, a team of researchers said Friday.   Of 1,038 child COVID-19 patients whose hospitalizations were reported between January 2020 and February 2021, 308, or 29.7 pct, showed no symptoms, according to the team.   Most of the other children had mild….Read more

  • September 10, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 5:23 p.m.
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Editorial: Surge in child abuse cases shows risk of pandemic-related isolation

The coronavirus pandemic has cast its shadow even over marriages and parent-child relationships. Central and local government support is necessary so that families with children are not isolated from society.   Child abuse cases reported to child consultation centers nationwide in fiscal 2020 numbered a record 205,029. The figure was up by more than 10,000 from the previous year, exceeding….Read more

  • August 31, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 12:51 p.m.
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Editorial: Authorities, parents must be vigilant as virus affects start of school term

The new school term has begun in many parts of the country with the fifth wave of novel coronavirus infections not yet under control. As the number of children infected with the virus is increasing, schools need to be more vigilant than ever.   According to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, the number of people under 20 who were….Read more

  • August 28, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 1:04 p.m.
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Child abuse cases top 200,000 in Japan in FY 2020

Tokyo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)–Child abuse cases in Japan topped 200,000 in fiscal 2020 for the first time since data started in fiscal 1990, the welfare ministry said in a preliminary report Friday.   In the year through last March, the number of abuse-related consultations handled by child consultation centers across the country grew by 11,249, or 5.8 pct, from….Read more

  • August 27, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 11:34 a.m.
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Babies under 1 make up half of child abuse deaths in Japan

Tokyo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)–Seventy-eight children died of abuse in Japan in fiscal 2019, down by five from the preceding year, an experts’ panel of the welfare ministry said in a survey report Friday.   Excluding cases in which children were killed due to murder-suicide by parents, child abuse deaths came to 57 in the year to March 2020. Of….Read more

  • August 27, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 1:07 p.m.
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Child suicides in Jan.-Jul. up from year earlier

Japanese government figures show that more children killed themselves in the first seven months of this year than in the same period last year.   The health ministry says 270 elementary to senior high school students killed themselves from January to July this year.   That’s up 29 from the same period in 2020, when the number for the entire….Read more

  • August 26, 2021
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Schools most common sites of infections for 16- to 18-yr-olds

Tokyo, Aug. 25 (Jiji Press)–School infections accounted for the largest portion of coronavirus cases found among people aged 16 to 18 in Japan from spring, a health ministry survey showed Wednesday.     The survey, presented to an expert group, found that 45.7 pct of those in the age bracket were infected at school, while infections at home accounted for the….Read more

  • August 25, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 6:57 p.m.
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Tokyo to open reservation-free vaccination center for youth

Tokyo, Aug. 18 (Jiji Press)–The Tokyo metropolitan government will set up a COVID-19 vaccination center for young people where they can get shots without reservations, Governor Yuriko Koike said Wednesday.   The metropolitan government aims to open the reservation-free vaccination center near Shibuya Station by the end of this month.   The center will mainly be for people in their….Read more

  • August 18, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 8:17 p.m.
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Editorial: Take thorough precautions to protect children from coronavirus infection

The percentage of children being infected with the novel coronavirus has been on the rise. It is imperative that the adults in their lives take sufficient precautions to prevent infections among children.   According to a tally by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, people aged under 20 accounted for less than 10% of new infections last year by age….Read more

  • August 1, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 2:13 p.m.
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Editorial: Criminalize marijuana use in Japan to stop its abuse by young people

The number of young people who use marijuana out of curiosity is increasing. The current legislation must be changed to ban the use of marijuana to stop its abuse.   An expert study panel of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has compiled a draft report calling for the use of marijuana to be made a criminal act under the….Read more

  • July 5, 2021
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