Online abuse in Japan can now be punished with up to a year in jail


Japan has increased the punishment for the crime of ‘insults’, which now carries a possible sentence of one year in prison and a fine of ¥300,000 (around $2,600). The statute of limitations has also been increased from one year to three years. Previously, the maximum punishment was less than thirty days in prison and a fine of ¥10,000 JPY ($75).

The amendment (opens in new tab) to Japan’s penal code was passed on Monday by the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, supported by various minor parties, and will come into effect 20 days after passing (thanks, NHK Japan (opens in new tab)).

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