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A welfare ministry panel said Tuesday that forcing children to sit for long periods of time in the formal Japanese seiza style will be recognized as a morally unacceptable form of punishment under a new law that will enter into force in April.

The panel has been compiling guidelines following a revision of the child abuse prevention law in June, which came in response to a number of fatalities in which parents or guardians had physically abused children in the name of discipline.

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