Japan Eyes Stronger Protection of Women from Exploitation

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Tokyo, Sept. 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan's welfare ministry is considering setting a new law to strengthen the protection of women, including schoolgirls, from sexual exploitation, informed sources have said.

The new law will provide a legal basis to the prefectural consulting centers for women, taking over the role from the existing law against prostitution.

The change would allow the centers to provide support to a wider range of women more flexibly, such as those coerced to appear in adult videos and high school girls, or "joshi kosei" in Japanese, exploited in so-called JK business to entertain men, the sources said.

The ministry hopes to introduce a bill on the new law at the next ordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament, from early in 2020, according to the sources.

The law against prostitution defines the centers as places to protect and rehabilitate women who may prostitute themselves.

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