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The Kawasaki Municipal Assembly passed an ordinance on children’s rights Thursday, marking the first attempt in Japan to codify in statutory form the protection of the general rights of minors.

The ordinance, which goes into effect April 1, stipulates seven rights, including the right to live without anxiety, the right for children to be themselves and the right to participate in society. It obligates parents, schools and officials of facilities dealing with children to comply with the ordinance.

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