Japan passes new law limiting gamers to one hour of play time per day

A new law has come into action today in the Japan, limiting young gamers to just one hour of play time per day.

As reported by Siliconera, Japan’s Kagawa prefecture government passed a law on March 21 that severely limits the amount of time spend gaming that anyone under 18 years old can take part in per day.

The law states that children may only play games for up to 60 minutes per day on any given weekday, and only 90 minutes at the weekend.

Smartphone use will also be limited under the new law, too, allowing children to use the devices until 10pm and no later.

Enforcement of the law isn't going to be too severe, though.

Apparently, the stringent measure on youth gaming will be left to parents to enforce, and details of the consequences for ignoring the law aren't available at this time.

This is the first such law to be introduced to Japan as a whole, and seems to have gained support amongst the locals in the Kagawa prefecture.

The law was inspired by similar measures that were taken in China last year, which limits anyone under 16 to two hours game time per day and requires guardian permission to set up new gaming accounts.

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  • Games addiction is a concern for Japan, where it's estimated that 18.3% of young people aged between 10 and 29 play video games for an average of three or more hours a day and around 3% play for six or more hours per day.

    Stats suggest that roughly 1 out of 7 Japanese junior high and high school students are addicted to the internet, with male students being more likely to play online games for unhealthy periods of time.

    The new laws are intended to limit kids' exposure to online gaming, and help impose self-control on a youthful population that is increasingly infatuated with online spaces, rather than physical ones.

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