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Stalkers up for Rough Time with Law

Date Posted: 2000-03-17

Japanís main opposition party is currently drafting the countryís first bill that will punish stalkers with a light jail sentence. According to press reports, the legislation proposed by the Democratic Party would make stalking a crime punishable by up to one year in jail or a maximum fine of •200,000.

The opposition party, alarmed by a police report showing thousands of stalking cases across the country last year, is reacting by submitting the bill to the current session of parliament. According to sources close to the legal document, the bill specifies such stalker activities as repeated anonymous telephone calls, sending pornographic videos or pictures, or hanging around the home of the supposed victim.

Japanís National Police Agency registered some 3,747 stalker cases in the six month period between April and September 1999. It was the first time such data was recorded.

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