• Jiji, Kyodo


More than 80 percent of people in Japan support stricter regulations against cyberbullying, according to a Jiji Press opinion poll in June.

The survey showed that 87.6 percent of respondents are in favor of strengthening regulations, while 10.3 percent are opposed.

The government is discussing revisions to the system of requesting the disclosure of information about perpetrators of online abuse following the apparent suicide in May of female professional wrestler and reality television star. Hana Kimura, 22, who faced abusive comments on social media, is believed to have taken her own life.

The survey, conducted by mail until Monday, covered 2,000 people aged 18 or older, of which 49.3 percent gave valid responses.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the Tokyo District Court ordered Twitter Japan to disclose the mobile phone number of a person who created a Twitter account using the name, photo and educational background of a different man.

Presiding Judge Hiroki Morishita recognized that the account gives a vulgar impression and was apparently created with an aim to disgrace the man in Kanagawa Prefecture. The man filed a lawsuit demanding that Twitter Japan disclose the mobile phone number used to register the account with his name.

Tomohiro Kanda, the lawyer for the man who filed the lawsuit, said: “Following the death of professional wrestler Hana Kimura, the government is discussing adding telephone numbers to personal information subject to disclosure in order to make it easier for victims of cyberabuse to seek perpetrators, but this court ruling went ahead of such moves.”

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