Japan Parliament Begins Debate on Child Abuse Prevention Bill

Politics

Tokyo, May 10 (Jiji Press)--Japan's House of Representatives began on Friday deliberations on a bill to amend a law related to child abuse prevention, including a ban on the physical punishment of children by their parents.

The lower chamber of parliament started deliberations on the bill, which also includes measures to strengthen the structure of child consultation centers, at a plenary meeting.

A counterproposal jointly submitted by major opposition parties, including the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, will also be discussed.

The bill stipulates that parents, heads of child welfare facilities and other people should not use physical punishment when disciplining children. It does not, however, include punitive provisions.

On the disciplinary rights recognized under the Civil Code to discipline children for parenting, the bill states that the government will consider a revision two years after the legislation's enforcement.

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