Japan Working on Forbidding Parental Physical Punishment

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 26 (Jiji Press)--The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is working to include a ban on physical punishment by parents against their children in planned law revisions to strengthen the prevention of child abuse, informed sources said Tuesday.

The law revisions are expected to precede a possible review of the disciplinary right of parents under the Civil Code, following a series of recent cases of parental abuse in the name of disciplinary action.

The government aims to adopt related legislation at a cabinet meeting in mid-March, the sources said.

The welfare ministry decided late last year to include in the planned law revisions measures including to strengthen the authority of child consultation centers across the country to separate children from their parents to protect them.

Since the death of a 10-year-old girl in Noda, Chiba Prefecture, in January drew keen public attention, the ministry has decided to introduce even stronger measures.

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