Japan Diet enacts bill to toughen penalties for sex crimes
Jiji -- Jun 17
The House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted on Friday a bill to revise the Penal Code to toughen penalties for sex crimes.

The revision, which marks the first drastic review of sex crime-related provisions since the code was established in 1907, was approved by the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, last week.

In the revised law, the crime of rape is replaced with the crime of "forcible sex and similar acts," in which not only women but also men can be recognized as victims.

The minimum penalty for the redefined crime is five years in prison, up from three years for rape and now equal to the minimum for homicide.

The revised law will also allow public prosecutors to charge sex offenders with or without the filing of complaints by victims, which was necessary before the amendment.

性犯罪の厳罰化は刑法制定以来、110年ぶりの大幅改正です。 参議院本会議ではまもなく、刑法改正案が可決・成立します。「強姦罪」の名称を「強制性交等罪」に改めることや、法定刑の下限を3年から5年に引き上げるなど厳罰化を盛り込んでいます。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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