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Sep 19, 2014

Child abuse and neglect killed 51 children in 2012

Fifty-one children and babies died as a result of physical abuse or neglect in Japan in fiscal 2012, the health ministry said Friday. Eleven were newborns abandoned to die within a day of their birth, the government data showed, and nearly half of the ...

Sep 18, 2014

Sex abuse involving smartphone messaging apps surges

Sexual predators have increasingly been using anonymous smartphone messaging apps such as Line and KakaoTalk to groom children for abuse, with 262 minors victimized in the first half of this year, more than double the reported number a year earlier, the National Police Agency ...

Sep 17, 2014

Kanagawa police set up team to fight scams targeting the elderly

Police in Kanagawa Prefecture set up a team on Wednesday to investigate and prevent fraud targeting the elderly. The team of more than 100 officers, drawn from different departments, is the first such large-scale initiative in Japan to tackle “furikome” bank transfer scams, according ...

Sep 16, 2014

Parked cars in Saitama turning up scratched

The Kasukabe Police Station in Saitama Prefecture has found that more than 70 cars parked in lots or on the streets have had their hoods and doors scratched in apparent acts of vandalism over the past four days. The police are looking for witnesses ...