According to Kyodo News, Japan's new Criminal Code, which severely punishes the crime of "insult", came into effect on July 7, aiming to deal with online defamation.

The previous law imposed "detention" (up to 30 days) or "fine" (up to 10,000 yen) for "insults".

After the revision, the clause of "prison or imprisonment for less than one year, and a maximum fine of 300,000 yen (about RMB 14,795)" was added.

In 2020, Japanese professional wrestler Hana Kimura suffered a serious cyber violence for appearing in a show, and then committed suicide, which sparked public discussions about severely punishing cyber violence.

(produced by Xu Miaoqiao)

Responsible editor: [Luo Pan]