Revisions seek to bring Japan’s archaic sex crime laws into modern era

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration is set to submit a revised law that will allow authorities to enforce stricter penalties on sex offenders

For the first time since the Penal Code took effect in 1907, the Justice Ministry is compiling a package of amendments to Japan’s sex crime statutes that, if passed, will be the first major shake-up of those laws in more than a century.

From redefining rape to increasing the minimum sentence for that crime, the intended revision is largely hailed as a welcome development, if long-overdue, although critics say there is room for improvement.

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to green-light the revised bill for submission to the ongoing Diet session as early as this week.

We look into what legal changes are proposed and how they are supposed to better help victims of rape and other serious sex crimes.

Why revise the laws now?

The move to revise Japan’s archaic sex crime statutes gained traction under the leadership of former Justice Minister Midori Matsushima, who, upon assuming office in September 2014, declared it her priority to end the relative leniency she claimed had long been enjoyed by rapists.

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Source By japantimes

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