Child abuse, porn cases in Japan hit record highs in 2016

The number of cases of child abuse and pornography in Japan reached record highs in 2016, the National Police Agency said Thursday.

The police reported to child consultation centers suspected abuse of 54,227 minors aged below 18, up 46.5% from the previous year and topping the 50,000 line for the first time since comparable statistics became available in 2004.

Cases of psychological abuse came to nearly 40,000, accounting for more than 60% of the total.

The number of child abuse cases increased for the 12th consecutive year, marking a sharp rise from 962 in 2004.

The police also said a record 1,313 children were victims of child pornography, up 45.

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