The Diet enacted a bill Friday to prevent increasingly serious bullying cases at elementary to high schools.
The move came in the face of a series of bullying cases, including a high-profile one in which a junior high school student killed himself in October 2011 in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, after being severely bullied.
Under the newly enacted law, bullying that causes serious physical and mental damage to victimized children or forces them to be absent for long periods of time is defined as constituting a "serious situation."
The Kawasaki city government announced Tuesday that it will not permit the use of municipal parks for a planned demonstration in the city in June, characterizing the planned event as hate speech. (the-japan-news.com)
The number of people who committed suicide in Japan in 2015 decreased 1,402 from the previous year to 24,025, staying below 30,000 for the fourth consecutive year, a government white paper said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
A Tokyo court sentenced former Japanese baseball star Kazuhiro Kiyohara on Tuesday to two years and six months in prison, suspended for four years, for possessing, using and purchasing illegal drugs. (Japan Today)
Police in Yashio, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 39-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted murder after she attacked her 14-year-old son following a dispute over changing the TV channel.
Two Japanese men were arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing money from an ATM as part of the coordinated nationwide heist that netted over a billion yen a little more than two weeks ago. (Japan Times)
Fukuoka Prefectural Police are investigating a 29-year-old female sex worker already in custody for attempted murder in a separate case in which an acquaintance fell to her death from a bridge, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
The Japanese government said on Monday it was doing all it could to secure the release of a Japanese journalist being held hostage by an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, after an apparent photograph of the man was posted on the Internet. (Japan Today)