The Japanese government has begun an investigation into the cases of Down Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder affecting the brain that affects about 5,000 people in Japan.
The Japanese government launched an inquiry in August into Down Syndrome and other disorders affecting the brains of Japanese babies, which resulted in the death of a newborn.
In August, the government began an investigation to determine whether Down Syndrome affects children in Japan, which could affect the country’s overall child welfare system.
Japanese authorities said the number of cases of the disorder has decreased from about 2,000 cases in 2015 to around 1,600 in 2017, but that more cases could be coming in, especially in the future.
The Japan Association of Birth Defects and Related Conditions said in a statement in June that the number has increased by about 100 cases in the last year.
Japan’s birth defects and related disorders statistics are based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies.