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Japan introduces up to one-year jail time for cyberbullying, online abuse

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By Hiroshi HIYAMA and Kyoko HASEGAWA

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Do you think a court ,in America will issue a warrant

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which defines the crime as "a display of contempt towards someone without demonstrating facts in a recognizable manner".

You criticized an LDP politico or policies?

It was not sourced from Kyodo or NHK so the facts are not in a recognizable manner and ergo defamation.

Better have 300000 saved up or a year free.

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Kimura was an unstable personality, living in the fake world of reality TV. She, and others, never seemed to realize that she was just an actor playing a part in a well scripted show. The writers and producers are more responsible than the guys watching the show from their mother’s basement.

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 "a display of contempt towards someone without demonstrating facts in a recognizable manner".

some posters here better watch out!

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Kimura was an unstable personality, living in the fake world of reality TV.

Always nice to see a bit of blame the victim first thing in the morning.

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So now we'll be seeing news articles that state, "He was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for three years."

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So is everyone on twitter going to jail?

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Fair enough, I suppose, but online bullying requires the victim to hover around online and deliberately read through all of that crap.

If I was some sort of public figure, I'd just post whatever was necessary to benefit my brand, then I'd pretty much just walk away from it. Post and ghost, I believe they call it.

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And you can bet the first to be charged will be someone saying something about an LDP official

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Some posters better watch out

Well ...obviously most poster's aren't identified by their legal name and aren't addressing others by their legal names either.

And many discussions are political .

You can't defame someone without using their name or image?

Feel free to correct me if iam wrong as iam not an expert of Japanese law.

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If you don't like online abuse, turn off your computer or phone, simple.

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That's an overreactive Communist style law. Millions of Japanese are now subject to prison time simply for speaking thier mind (however abhorrent). Speech should almost never be criminalized, only ignored.

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"Japan introduces up to one-year jail time for cyberbullying, online abuse"

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IMO:

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Japan needs to introduce penalties for public bullying and psyho social, and trap intimidation profiling.

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"defines the crime as "a display of contempt towards someone without demonstrating facts in a recognizable manner" Just like in overt and covert racism.

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I wonder if this new law will have any effect on the news gossip site 5CH ? They are hosting a page of extreme abuse, and defamation, about a friend of mine. And yet, despite the original poster deleting their account, the website is refusing to remove the posts. They think they are safe from being charged with any crime as they are based in the Phillipines. How will this law reach overseas websites?

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Does this include in office bullying and power harassment?

or is that a completely different issue?

I’m still trying to figure out who is even going to enforce such nonsense.

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Maybe they should go after actual IRL bullying first, as is endemic in schools and workplaces.

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I read sometime ago that crime increased due to social media beginning with FB because even tho people were more comfortable making negative or bias comments digitally that they had to live with the physical consequences when confronted in person.

Perhaps this new trolling online abuse penalties will help prejudices issues in Japan.

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Maybe they should go after actual IRL bullying first, as is endemic in schools and workplaces.

Nah, cause the internet is not Japan, Japan doesn't have those problems, *wink

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Very worrisome. I have no sympathy for cyberbullies, but this sort of law is a open invitation for government overreach and abuse. Freedom of speech includes offensive speech. Otherwise, it does not exist.

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Persistent targeted "Bullying" should be, rightly, made a Criminal offense. it's like having someone walk up to your front-door daily and shout defamatory "untrue" comments at you for all to hear.

Though... there's a fine line here, one that's deserving of a Law to help weed out those who just do that, from those with a real reason, who may behave as such.

A casual comment about disagreeing with an individual, should not fall foul of this new Law.

However, the new law poses an interesting issue - one could extrapolate a similar argument for having up/down votes upon comments as being a form of Bullying, particularly if an individual goes out of his/her way to target another, and simply downvoting that others comments consistently, simply because of their Identity. If that were to go to Court, and the argument agreed, then I'd wonder, if it would indeed become a nightmare situation for any Operator that provides such functionality.

Where does this all end up ?

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