Some public child consultation centers and police are stepping up efforts to share information about suspected child abuse cases after a series of serious cases occurred.

The central government drew up a package of emergency measures on child abuse following the death of 5-year-old Yua Funato in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward in March, not long after she and her family moved to the capital from Kagawa Prefecture.

The package calls for close information sharing between police and child consultation centers on suspected serious abuse, such as cases that have resulted in injury as well as possible neglect and sexual abuse cases.

A local government official that responded to the survey said, “Double checks with police help reduce oversights and prevent cases from developing into serious ones.”

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A mother and child lay flowers on June 26 in front of an apartment in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward, where 5-year-old Yua Funato died in March after alleged abuse by her parents. | KYODO