Update on Corporal Punishment Prohibitions (7)

7 October, 2019

Dear all

The revised Child Abuse Prevention Law and the revised Child Welfare Law, which prohibit corporal punishment by parents, were passed at the Diet on the 19th of June.

The ban is clarified. However, there is no penalty for it.

There are media reports of child death due to corporal punishment every month. Sweden banned corporal punishment with a penalty in 1979. So, Japan has not reached the level of Sweden's 40-year-old decision.

Kind regards,


Prof. Hajime Takeuchi,MD (Paediatrician)

School of Social Welfare

Graduate School of Social Welfare

BUKKYO University

96, Kitahananobo-cho, Murasakino, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8301, Japan

TEL +81-75-366-5595 (dial-in)

E-mail: takechanespid@gmail.com

CHIFA profile: Hajime Takeuchi is a professor at the Bukkyo University in Japan. Professional interests: child health, child poverty, child wellbeing. takechanespid AT gmail.com He is a CHIFA Country Representative for Japan http://www.hifa.org/support/members/hajime