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Police to strengthen anti-stalking measures


In order to strengthen countermeasures against stalking, the National Police Agency has announced that it will contact all perpetrators who are currently under restraining orders and those who have been issued warnings under the Stalking Control Act, to assess their current situation, and introduce them to psychological treatment, if necessary.

In recent years, stalking cases have increases nationwide in Japan. Nationwide police consultations involving stalking have hovered around 20,000, Kyodo News reported. In 2021, 1,671 prohibition orders against stalkers were issued -- a record high.

In January 2020, an incident occurred in Fukuoka City in which a woman was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend, who had received a restraining order. The woman's murder prompted a call for tougher anti-stalking measures.

The National Police Agency has asked police departments to contact anyone under restraining order by phone, personal visit or summons. The frequency will be determined by prefectural police.

As of the end of December last year, a survey conducted by police in 10 prefectures found that of the 396 cases in which restraining orders had been issued, 177 had been contacted. Of these, two persons were subsequently arrested for violating the order, while one was in prison for another offense.

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The woman's murder prompted a call for tougher anti-stalking measures.

Sorry for this woman life, however in many cases of stalking measures, it also punish people who just still in love with their ex-lover by sending tons of e-mail. So it's nothing about actual violence.

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So now they will give stalkers a "strict talking to" instead of "urging them to refrain"?

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We strongly urge you to quit stalking.

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Most stalking reports recently involved police officers.

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Notice how they have not said what any of these "stricter measures" will entail? I'm going to guess "a stern talking to" on top of asking them to not stalk anymore.... then wait for a corpse. I guess technically it's a tougher measure.

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Smoke and mirrors, Japanese Police refuse to get involved in private matters. Nothing will change especially the mentality of the weak male species that is going to stab himself after he stabs her, I'd like to know what a restraining order (a piece of paper) does to help when a person is willing to die after stabbing an ex?

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Nothing will change unless harsher preventive measures are taken, a stern talking by the police will mean nothing and the stalker will continue on as his mindset lead him or her to think it is ok to prowl!

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Heh heh heh. No one's answering until the JT new page is up, so I get to put my word in. How do the anti-Japanese people here know what the police will do? This is a step in the right direction and perhaps the stronger approach will be much more than these people anticipate. We have to wait and see what it involves.

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Lock them up in a mental home. There something in their psyche causing them to stalk. Or this people need to be kept in prison for life. People like this can't be involved in society. And taxpayer are paying so that criminals could eat and sleep lol

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