Japan to Study Review of Parental Disciplinary Right


Tokyo, May 31 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita said Friday he will ask the Legislative Council, an advisory panel to the minister, to discuss a review of the Civil Code provisions on the parental disciplinary right and the presumption of children in wedlock.

Yamashita will convene an extraordinary general meeting of the council on June 20 to launch debates on the review, he said at a press conference.

Amid a spate of mistreatment cases where children were victims, some claim that the parental disciplinary right, granted within the boundaries of what is necessary to educate and supervise children, has been misused to justify child abuse.

A draft revision to the anti-child abuse law aimed at banning parental physical punishments spells out in a supplementary provision that a study be made on a review of the parental disciplinary right two years after the amended law enters into force.

The legislation is expected to be enacted during the ongoing ordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament, which is currently set to end on June 26. It is now being debated by the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, after clearing the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, recently with unanimous support.

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