The Japanese Parliament has amended its anti-stalking law following agreements made on Wednesday afternoon. Harassment through repeated emails is now among the list of criminal actions that can be considered as stalking, and worthy of police action. The law approved in 2000 only listed sending of messages through fax, calling by phone, and/or following a person as forms of stalking.
What prompted Japan’s legislative body to amend the 2000 anti-stalking law was an incident that happened in Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture last year. A woman in her early 20s repeatedly received emails from a former lover. When she reported the incident to the police, nothing further could be done as there was no legal provision that could prosecute the man for harassment. The woman was eventually murdered when the man had the chance to trace her location. When the woman’s email was checked, police found out that over one thousand emails were sent to the victim in two weeks’ time.
As part of the law’s revision, police officers from the stalker’s residential location may also release a warning, and carry out its jurisdiction to stop the offense in order to avoid unwanted actions or potential threats. The same can be done by police forces or a public safety commission in a place where an offence took place, not necessarily at either the victim or the stalker’s residence.
[via Rocket News]