Mother of 'Terrace House' star to press charges against cyberbullies
Kyodo -- Aug 07
The mother of a cast member of popular reality TV show "Terrace House" who apparently committed suicide said Thursday she plans to pursue charges against those responsible for cyberbullying her daughter.

Kyoko Kimura attended a working-group meeting on cyberharassment of the Liberal Democratic Party, telling ruling lawmakers that she intends to identify people who made defamatory posts against her daughter on social media.

Hana Kimura, a 22-year-old professional wrestler, was found dead at her apartment in Tokyo in May.

Fuji Television, which produced the show, said last week its in-house probe had found that the cast member engaged in self-harm after a scene in a late March episode in which she lost her temper triggered cyberbullying against her.

Her mother spoke to reporters following the meeting, which was closed to the press. "The suffering of mental abuse is only known to the person who receives it," she said.

インターネット上の誹謗(ひぼう)中傷に対する法整備が必要だと母親が訴えました。  木村花さんの母・木村響子さん:「花がなぜ、誹謗中傷されなければならなかったのかということに対して明確にするため、犯人を特定するために法律としての壁だったり、色んなハードルがある」  インターネット上で誹謗中傷を受けた後に亡くなった女子プロレスラーの木村花さんの母・響子さんが自民党の会議に出席し、SNSを使ううえでのルールの徹底や教育を求めました。法務省の担当者が厳罰化に難色を示すと響子さんは、「自分の家族が同じ経験をしても同じことが言えますか」と訴えたということです。
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