Child abuse cases in Japan mark another record high

The number of child abuse cases handled by child consultation centers across Japan hit another record high in the fiscal year that ended in March.

The welfare ministry on Friday reported 207,659 cases involving children younger than 18. The preliminary figure was up 2,615 from the previous fiscal year.

Psychological abuse accounted for about 60 percent of the total. They include cases in which family members were violent in front of children.

Physical abuse accounted for nearly 24 percent, followed by neglect at 15 percent. About one percent of the cases involved sexual abuse.

Nearly half of the total cases, or about 103,000, were reported by police. About 28,000 cases were reported by neighbors, while more than 17,000 were reported by family members or relatives.

The number of child abuse cases handled by child consultation centers has continued to rise since record-keeping began in 1990.