The recommendations by the Legislative Council include what would be the first fundamental revamp of provisions for the crime of rape since the law was established in 1907.
The Justice Ministry will work to introduce a bill to revise the penal code during next year’s ordinary session of the Diet, Japan’s parliament.
In the recommendations, the council said that public prosecutors should be able to charge rape and other sexual offenders without criminal complaints from victims. Currently, such complaints are necessary for indictment.
The panel proposed increasing the minimum prison term for rape to five years from the current three years and that for rape resulting in death or injury to six years from five years.
Japan’s population of centenarians is expected to total 65,692 as of Thursday, hitting a record high for the 46th consecutive year, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Tuesday. (Jiji Press) Kyoto Prefectural Police have arrested a 28-year-old professional dancer for the production of child pornography involving dozens of juvenile boys, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Sept. 12). (Tokyo Reporter) Chiba Prefectural Police on Tuesday arrested a 25-year-old woman after a dismembered corpse, likely that of her younger brother, was found in her residence in the town of Shisui, reports Nippon News Network (Sept. 13). (Tokyo Reporter) Need a flashy ride? The transport ministry plans to develop the stretch limousine sector for wealthy foreign tourists, entertainers and fun-seekers. (Japan Times) Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 29-year-old man after a more than three-hour standoff in which he wielded a crossbow, reports Fuji News Network. (Tokyo Reporter)
Flip-flopping from earlier remarks, Democratic Party deputy head Renho acknowledged Tuesday that she has yet to renounce her Taiwanese citizenship, a revelation that potentially affects her bid for a leadership election of Japan’s biggest opposition party, slated for Thursday. (Japan Times) A Japanese government panel called for tougher penalties for sex offenders, in an outline of its recommendations for a revision to the nation’s criminal code, which was submitted to Justice Minister Katsutoshi Kaneda on Monday. (Jiji Press) Manga artist Osamu Akimoto’s “Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikoen-mae Hashutsujo” police comedy series has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the single manga series with the most volumes published, publisher Shueisha Inc. said Monday. (the-japan-news.com) Coral bleaching has spread around islands in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures, threatening to inflict the worst damage to the tourist-attracting coral reefs in southern Japan since 1998, researchers said. (Asahi) The government unveiled plans Monday to raise productivity at construction sites by 20 percent from current levels by 2025 through the use of drones and artificial intelligence in the construction industry. (Japan Today)
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