Japan's lower house of Parliament passed a law which will make it a criminal offense for an adult to have sex with a minor. The measure also outlawed the production, distribution, sale, and possession of child pornography.
Currently, Japanese law bans the solicitation of sex for money with children aged 13 or younger. Persons found guilty of violating this ban escape rape charges except in instances where the victim files a criminal complaint. Given the social stigma of rape in Japan, such prosecutions are18 rare.
Persons found guilty of having a sexual relationship with a minor age 17 or under could face up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $8,100. The child pornography legislation imposes the same maximum prison sentence, and a much-larger fine of up to $24,400.
Japan's government has been accused of ignoring widespread sex tourism and Internet child pornography, and that criticism likely spurred the new law, which will take effect this fall.
9/22/2014 Climate Change Activists Take Over Manhattan to Demand Action - An estimated 400,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan over the weekend to demand world leaders take action on climate change.
The People's Climate March, which some are calling the single largest call for climate action ever, took place ahead of Tuesday's emergency UN Climate Summit.
Joining the march were several labor unions, former Vice President Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Edward Norton. . . .