No. of kidnappings involving children under 13 exceeds 100 for first time in 9 years
Japan Today -- Dec 13
The number of kidnapping cases involving children 13 years old and younger this year has exceeded 100 cases for the first time in 9 years.

According to a report released by the National Police Agency, there were 194 kidnappings involving children between Jan 1 and Nov 30.

THE NPA said that about 30% of the kidnappings occurred during the time period from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. when children are usually on their way home from school or are out playing with friends.

全国で13歳未満の子どもが連れ去られる事件が、11月末時点で、9年ぶりに100件­に達していることがわかった。
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