• Jiji


A senior Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker on Thursday submitted a proposal to set up a database for the central management of records of indecent acts to better protect children from such crimes.

Yasufumi Tanahashi, head of the ruling party's Headquarters for Promoting Administrative Reform, met with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to turn in the proposal, aimed at preventing people who have committed sex crimes from becoming teachers or cram school tutors.

According to Tanahashi, former minister for science and technology policy, Suga promised to consider the matter promptly.

Suga also stressed the importance of creating as soon as possible an environment in which children are protected from sexual abuse.

He also hopes to have a proposed new agency for affairs related to children manage the database if any such organization, a matter being discussed within the LDP, is established, according to Tanahashi.

The database, however, may raise controversy as critics are concerned that it may impede the social reintegration process of individuals with a history of indecent acts.

The proposal for the database was drawn up by a project team within the administrative reform headquarters.

Under the current system, information on past indecent conduct is separately managed by central government agencies and local governments. The proposal calls for consolidating the information on a shared database.

The envisioned database would allow employers running businesses related to children to check whether job applicants have a record of indecent acts when deciding whether to hire them.

The information in the database would be limited to that on criminal records and administrative actions and would not include records on dismissals from private-sector companies, not bound by a common standard of judgment.

The proposal includes suggestions that the database be used if the employers obtain consent from job applicants and that the database be used by the applicants to get certification that they do not have such criminal records.

It asks the central government to carefully consider what job categories would be covered under the system, so that human rights are not excessively restrained.

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