Cases of alleged child abuse in Japan have risen to their highest level since records began 10 years ago.
Police figures indicate 187 children were the suspected victims of physical and sexual abuse in the first half of this year. Eighteen children died.
The report also found that cases of child pornography in the same period had risen by about 60% to 599 cases.
Analysts say the higher figures partly reflect an official clampdown on the sexual exploitation of children.
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