Japan will legislate to prohibit parents from corporal punishment of their children: it is illegal to spank their buttocks and not give them food

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 Japan will legislate to prohibit parents from corporal punishment of their children: it is illegal to spank their buttocks and not give them food


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Overseas online, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) - the Japanese government plans to introduce a law amendment in April next year (2020) to prohibit parents from corporal punishment of their children, and will state the difference between corporal punishment and discipline, such as let children kneel for a long time, do not give dinner, spanking, etc., which are all included in corporal punishment, and explicitly prohibited.

Japan will officially introduce a revised child abuse prevention law in April next year, explicitly prohibiting parents from corporal punishment of children, Yomiuri Shimbun reported. On Tuesday, Japans Ministry of health, welfare and labor (MHLW) wise people review committee specified the definition and specific cases of corporal punishment in its plan. The specific content of corporal punishment was announced at the meeting held on the 3rd.

In the plan of the Ministry of health, labor and welfare, the corporal punishment is interpreted as: no matter whether the starting point of parents is discipline or not, any behavior causing physical pain to children, no matter how light, is corporal punishment. In addition, some examples of corporal punishment are listed: because the child does not do homework and does not give dinner, because the child steals other peoples things and spanks, spanks the child, lets the child kneel for a long time, etc.

The programme makes it clear that the above-mentioned acts are prohibited for whatever reason.

Discipline is also defined in the plan: in order to cultivate childrens personality and ability and let them understand the behavior of social rules, and it is explained that corporal punishment is not the ultimate goal, discipline is, and relevant examples are also listed, such as stop and protect children when they want to run to the road, stop children when they bully other people and so on.

According to the Ministry of health, labor and welfare, in many cases of child abuse in the past, parents have punished children in the name of discipline. At present, the Ministry of health, labor and welfare has collected the opinions of all parties at the review meeting of knowledgeable people, and has formulated specific policies this year.

According to the analysis of the Japanese times, the existing law does not clearly stipulate what parents can do to educate their children, which can only be included in the scope of corporal punishment. It only means that parents need to take the degree of education into account when educating their children. In the amendment, the government clarified what means of education would constitute corporal punishment.

Child abuse reported by Japanese media (Fuji TV)

It is reported that there are 210 childrens institutions in Japan, and as of March 2018, 130000 reports of child abuse have been received. There have been many cases of child abuse in Japan before. In January this year (2019), 10-year-old Japanese girl Kurihara was found dead in her bathroom. The police investigation found that the girl suffered from domestic violence for a long time. Before his death, the father beat his daughters face on the bathroom floor, causing her to break her sternum, and did not send her to a doctor for treatment. The case aroused wide attention of Japanese domestic public opinion and triggered the proposal of the amendment.

Source: editor in charge of overseas website: Li Chao, nb12814