Tokyo Eyes Ordinance to Ban Physical Punishment by Parents


Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to introduce an ordinance against child abuse that will ban parents from using physical punishment as a means of discipline, officials said Wednesday.

Tokyo will be the first among the country's 47 prefectures to enact such an ordinance if it passes the assembly, according to the officials.

After seeking public opinion, the metropolitan government will draw up a draft ordinance, hoping to introduce it in an assembly session that will convene next February.

In March this year, a five-year-old girl died in the Japanese capital's Meguro Ward after she was beaten by her stepfather.

Following the death of Yua Funato, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the metropolitan government will create an ordinance to prevent such incidents.

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