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Japan's LDP wants mandatory GPS monitoring of convicted sex offenders

Jiji

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Monday handed Justice Minister Masako Mori a set of proposals calling for the mandatory use of GPS monitoring devices for those convicted of sex crimes.

The proposals also seek to improve support for the victims of sex crimes and measures to prevent reoffending.

They were submitted by former Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa, who chairs the LDP’s Research Commission on the Judiciary System.

Mori said her ministry will work to implement the measures.

Punishments for sex offenses were strengthened in Japan under reform in 2017.

“Horrible sex offenses have not decreased despite the effectuation of the revised law,” the proposals said, urging the ministry to speed up work toward a further revision.

A supplementary provision of the revised Penal Code stipulates that the government consider additional measures against sex offenses about three years after its July 2017 effectuation.

The LDP commission also submitted the proposals to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

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