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KANAZAWA, Ishikawa Pref. (Kyodo) The Ishikawa Prefectural Assembly passed an ordinance Monday obliging parents to make efforts not to give their children cell phones if they are of elementary or junior high school age.

The measure, to be enforced in January, will be the first local ordinance in Japan aimed at restricting cell phone possession by children. The ordinance does not carry any penalties.

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