Whereabouts of nearly 400 children nationwide remain unknown
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.