INTERVIEW: Justice Min. to Focus on Human Rights of Kids, Women


Tokyo, Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Justice Minister Masako Mori has said she will focus on measures to enhance the protection of human rights for children and women.

"I want to steadily work on improvements to family-related laws" so that a proper environment for child care will be secured after the divorce of parents, Mori said in a recent interview with media organizations after taking office Oct. 31.

To eliminate violence against women, Mori promised to grasp the realities of the issue and consider comprehensive measures under a Penal Code revision to impose harsher punishments on sex crimes.

Mori also termed child abuse as an extremely important matter that needs to be tackled urgently.

A project team launched within the ministry in October will identify issues regarding such abuse and discuss measures to prevent child abuse and how to cooperate with related institutions, she said.

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