10-year-old abused girl dies in Japan despite pleas for help

Second such case in a year shines light on child protection system that is often exploited by parents

When Mia Kurihara, 10, told her teachers that she was being subjected to constant abuse and violence from her father, little did she expect that this complaint would be relayed to her very abuser.

"I'm being assaulted by my father. He wakes me up in the middle of the night, and, even in the day when I'm awake, he kicks and beats me," she wrote in a questionnaire. "Teacher, can't you do anything?"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline '10-year-old abused girl dies in Japan despite pleas for help'. Print Edition | Subscribe