Japan Govt Adopts Bills to Ban Parental Physical Punishments

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Tokyo, March 19 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government adopted at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday bills aimed at banning physical punishments by parents against their children, in response to recent serious cases of abuse inflicted on children in the name of discipline.

The bills to revise laws including the child welfare act and the child abuse prevention act are also designed to strengthen the functions of child consultation centers across the country.

They are among the most important bills for the ongoing ordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament, which is currently set to end on June 26. The government and the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition hope to get them enacted as early as possible.

The revised laws would go into effect on April 1, 2020, except some measures that would be enforced two years later.

At a meeting held among relevant cabinet ministers earlier on Tuesday, the government decided to compile guidelines on the definition of physical punishments and launch a campaign for promoting child-rearing free from bodily punishments.

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