Japan to Ban Parental Physical Punishments by Law: Abe

Politics

Tokyo, March 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his administration will include a ban on physical punishments by parents to their children, in planned law revisions aimed at strengthening the prevention of child abuse.

The government plans to adopt in mid-March at the earliest bills to revise the child welfare law and the child abuse prevention law for submission to the current parliamentary session ending in June.

"We're speeding up preparations to include in the bills effective measures (to prevent child abuse) such as forbidding physical punishments by law, promoting the deployment of lawyers at child consultation centers and strengthening coordination with steps to address domestic violence," Abe told a meeting of the Budget Committee of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of Japan's parliament.

Upper House debates on the government's fiscal 2019 budget bill started at the committee meeting, which was attended by Abe and all cabinet ministers, after the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, approved the draft budget in the early hours of Saturday.

At the committee meeting, Mitsuru Sakurai of the opposition Democratic Party for the People, requested the deployment of more police officers at child consultation centers.

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