A bill has been enacted in the Diet to extended its anti-stalking laws to include email in an attempt to reduce cases in which victims are harassed online by ex-partners.
A plenary session of the lower house on Wednesday approved an amendment to the anti-stalking regulations of 2000, aimed at preventing jilted lovers from sending repeated, unsolicited emails to former partners.
The 2000 legislation explicitly made illegal harassment by fax, telephone or following victims, but did not include harassment by email.
The new law comes in response to a number of high-profile stalking cases. Last November, a man who stalked and then murdered his ex-girlfriend in Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, had sent her more than 1,000 email messages to her cell phone over a two-week period.
The new stalking law, however, does not include Facebook and other social networking services.© Japan Today