Japan has passed a lot of ordinances on restriction on playing games in a bid to reduce bad impactions to children and teenagers. For example, the Kagawa prefectural assembly has recently set up an ordinance that orders children to play games one hour per day and 90 minutes at weekends.

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Japan has applied an ordinance to limit gaming time on children and teenagers.

In addition, the government suggests children at the age of 12-15 aren’t allowed to use smartphones after 9 pm. Those aged from 15 to 18 can play games until 10 pm. However, this ordinance has a “big gap”: there has been no particular penalty for violators since it comes into effect.

After the ordinance is applied, Wataru, a 17-year-old teenager, has launched a campaign for his rights to play games in many hours. With the big support from his mom and a lawyer, he has made use of a “gap” in the above rules to fight against the ordinance.

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Wataru believed that restrictions on gaming time in the recently-issued ordinances obviously lack scientific evidence.

He further added the government in Kagawa thought video games have a bad effect on both children and teenagers, leading to their playing truant or game addiction. However, those who truant tend to face lots of other issues at school and playing games may help them deal with these issues.

If you think Wataru was the only one to stand up against this ordinance, you are completely wrong. It takes as a surprise that about 600 people agreed to sign a petition against the ordinance in early January this year.

In contrary to teenagers’ objection, the ordinance has drawn huge support from the community and passed by the Kagawa prefectural assembly in March. Accordingly, Kagawa managed to become the first prefecture in Japan to apply a rule that limits children’s time on both games and smartphones.

According to Wataru’s lawyer Tomoshi Sakka, the ordinance violates commitments in the Japanese constitution that ensure the right of all people to self-determination. Additionally, Japanese teenagers also believe that such rules restrict children’s right to have fun.