Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday that the government will make all-out efforts to eradicate child abuse, in response to a recent series of such cases in Japan.
The pledge came after the death last month of Mia Kurihara, a 10-year-old elementary school student in Noda, Chiba Prefecture, whose father has been arrested for allegedly assaulting her.
The girl’s death, which has drawn keen domestic media attention, is “really heart-wrenching and should never have happened,” Abe said at a House of Councillors committee meeting.
“We’re determined to do all we can [to prevent child abuse cases], including providing full-scale support for efforts by local authorities,” Abe stressed. “We must work while putting children’s lives first.”