White paper on crime 2010 Part5/Chapter1/Section6/2
The Act on the Prevention, etc. of Child Abuse (Act No. 82 of 2000) provides for the prevention and detection of child abuse and measures to be taken after any child abuse has been detected. Table 5-1-6-2 shows the number of cleared cases and persons cleared for the acts of child abuse stipulated within the said act (refers to abusive acts to children younger than 18 by their guardians) as penal code offenses, etc., by type of offense over the last 10 years. The number of cases/persons cleared has generally been on an increasing trend and significantly increased from the previous year for injury and rape in 2009.
Table 5-1-6-3 shows the relationship between the victim and the perpetrator (the perpetrator's position) in cases concerning child abuse by type of offense in 2009. The number of fathers, etc. was the largest at 251 (70.5%) for all offenses, while mothers, etc. were large in number for homicide and abandonment by the person responsible for protecting children at 18 (72.0%) and seven (77.8%), respectively.