Cyberbullying is now punishable in Japan by a year in prison

This year, Japan introduced a bill that increases internet trolls’ punishment to discourage cyberbullying. The legislation took effect last week and presented a stricter penalty for internet trolls.

Japan’s Cyberbullying Law Tightens

According to Japan’s new Penal Code, internet insulters risk a year in jail and up to 300,000 Yen ($2,200/Rs.1,75,000). Before this law, the penalty was 30 days in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The Japanese government will evaluate the law in three years and change it if required. When proposed, the measure was criticized. Opponents say the bill might limit free expression. CNN reported that Japan enacted the law with a three-year review provision.

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After Hana Kimura’s suicide, Japan fast-tracked anti-cyberbullying regulations. Kimura committed suicide in May 2020 after internet bullying.

“It indicates the legal judgement that (cyberbullying) is a crime that should be sternly dealt with,” Japan’s Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa said. He also said the bill wouldn’t limit free speech.

We’ll have to see whether this new legislation reduces cyberbullying nationwide. Should other nations follow suit? Comment below.