Whereabouts of nearly 400 children nationwide remain unknown

TOKYO —

According to an investigation recently conducted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, there are nearly 400 young children and students throughout Japan who the government has labeled “whereabouts unknown,” after the children were registered as not having attended any academic institution for over a year.

As of May 1 this year, the ministry reported that 397 children in Japan aged seven to 14 had not attended school for a year or more, and their whereabouts remain unknown, TV Asahi reported Friday.

The number has dropped since 2011 when there were 1,191 missing children. Many of these children are believed to be runaways; though some may have left Japan with a parent, the ministry said. The ministry said it will make every effort to locate these children as soon as possible.

Japan Today

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    Many of these children are believed to be runaways; though some may have left Japan with a parent, the ministry said.

    The Ministry is exposing themselves and the government as incompetent. Immigration records who leaves the country. Doesn't it have the gumption to cross-check or the cojones to lobby for access to data?

    The number has dropped since 2011 when there were 1,191 missing children.

    Sounds like the Osaka police may have been helping them.

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    MarkG

    Sad at any number over zero! Children need to be kids. No worries, just fun and school.

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    shallots

    I've never heard of this. If no one has reported them missing, what is the point of this tabulation? So, does the government need to know the whereabouts of everyone at all times? Maybe the government should worry about the crimes and abuse against the children that they do know about. Work on that.

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    Fouxdefa

    Does this number exclude homeschoolers?

    Considering Japan's large population this is actually a very small number. As percentage of population I think that's better than the situation in many many countries. It's almost suspicious...no one's fudging numbers again this time?

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    Cricky

    3 months ago the number was 10,000, did they find the 9,600 that wold be a positive thing?

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    GW

    At first the numbers do look large but I am pretty sure if one wud check around the world we would sadly see TOO many kids/young people are missing for some reason.

    BUT with the intimation that some were abducted out of Japan THAT should DAMEND easy to check!

    And the keystones should be doing some basic initial searches SOON as they have info..........

    I also bet a lot of parents don't report runaways here, the whole "shame" thing & all.

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    night knight

    @SenseNotSoCommonAUG. 09, 2014 - 08:38AM JST

    The Ministry is exposing themselves and the government as incompetent.

    That's right.

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    turbotsat

    Would be useful to know counts and final statuses of those who were found, after being defined as missing. Also guess causes, such as home schooling, parental abduction, runaway.

  • -1

    CrazyJoe

    Is MEXT taking any countermeasures? I guess not.

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    kaimycahl

    Wait!! !!!

    What kind of math are they doing ITrickonometry

    the ministry reported that 397 children in Japan aged seven to 14 had not attended school for a year or more, and their whereabouts remain unknown, The number has dropped since 2011 Many of these children are believed to be runaways;

    Let me see so there are 7 year old runaways in Japan

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    honey

    Don't families report missing children to the police?

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    Tom DeMicke

    This is strange! Very strange!

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    john cais

    I hope they can locate all this children.

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