The number of child abuse cases reported in the year to March 2005 surged to 33,408 from 26,569 the year before, a rise of 25.7 percent, according to a government white paper on youth released Tuesday.
Cases were up more than 12-fold since 1995, when there were 2,722 cases.
Of the inquiries received by police and child consultation centers, 14,881 cases, or 44.5 percent, involved physical abuse, while 12,263, or 36.7 percent, involved neglect. Forty-five percent of the reports involved preschool children.
Ministry officials have said the introduction of stricter laws against child abuse and several high-profile abuse cases have raised awareness, prompting more people to report to authorities.