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Japan's child abuse cases near 60,000 in FY 2011, hit new record

TOKYO, July 26 — Child abuse cases handled by consultation offices in Japan hit a record 59,862 in the fiscal year that ended in March 2012.

The figure has been rising for the 21st straight year since statistics were first compiled in fiscal 1990, a government survey showed Thursday.

It represents an increase of 3,478 cases from last year but does not include data from Fukushima Prefecture due to the impact of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said.

A ministry official attributed the increase in fiscal 2011 to "growing public awareness" of the issue, saying that more people are now trying to report possible cases of abuse to consultation centers. (PNA/Kyodo)

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