Majority of Japanese Tolerant of Physical Discipline on Children: NGO Survey (News)


Tokyo, Feb. 15 (Jiji Press)—A majority of Japanese people are tolerant of physically disciplining children, according to a recent survey by nongovernmental organization Save the Children Japan.

Of 20,000 respondents aged 20 or older in the online survey last July, 56.7% took a tolerant attitude toward physical discipline, including 1.2% who said it should be "actively imposed," according to the survey report, released on Thursday.

The rest of the respondent group said physical punishment can be accepted "if necessary" or "when there is no other way."

Meanwhile, of 1,030 respondents with children, 70.1% said they have hit their children for disciplinary purposes.

"Physical punishment is banned at school, but not at home and other places," a Save the Children Japan official said. The NGO is calling for scrapping the parental right of discipline under the Civil Code.

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