Politicians within the Kagawa Prefecture of Japan (based mostly in Japan’s second smallest island, Shikoku) have proposed limits of the period of time kids can play video games to counter sport dependancy, or so-called “gaming dysfunction.”
NHK News and Otakomu (through Sora News 24) report that on January 10th, a “particular committee” of legislators met, after which proposed a brand new regulation. The regulation would see these in high-school (17 or youthful, and people who wouldn’t graduate till later) residing within the prefecture solely being allowed to play video video games for one hour a weekday, and 90 minutes on weekends and holidays.
The proposal additionally limits when kids can play, with the aforementioned definition of high-school goers stopped at 10 p.m., with an unreported youthful demographic stopped at 9 p.m.
The committee reportedly cited (in Sora Information 24’s personal phrases) “a necessity for presidency countermeasures in opposition to online game and Web dependancy” as their reasoning behind the proposed legal guidelines.
No punishments have been reportedly talked about within the proposal, and the committee is now gathering public opinion and make the required changes earlier than being introduced on the meeting’s common plenary session in February.
The information bears similarities to a narrative in November 2019, the place the Chinese language authorities carried out new laws limiting the time minors performed video video games to laptop sport dependancy.
For comparability, their legal guidelines banned below 18’s from enjoying on-line video games between 10 pm and eight am, along with a 90 minute per-day restriction (or three hours per-day at weekends and public holidays). As you may see, the latter is greater than the proposal for the Kagawa Prefecture (to reiterate, one hour each weekday, and 90 minutes on weekends and holidays).
As well as, the Chinese language authorities carried out restrictions on what 16 to 18 year-olds can spend in on-line video games, having to make use of a type of “legitimate identification info” in an growth of the prevailing real-name registration legal guidelines when creating an internet account.
Each the Chinese language authorities and a few Japanese politicians appear to be basing their selections off current selections by the World Well being Group (WHO).
Whereas they formally declared “gaming disorder” as a illness in Might 2019, a study by Oxford University has discovered no proof to help the classification. Even previous to the College’s analysis, the proposed classification was condemned by quite a few psychologists and scholars.
Curiously, Chris Ferguson (professor of psychology at Stetson College in Florida, Psychologist and media researcher) had found throughout his personal analysis through emails from whistle-blowers inside the WHO (together with reports), claiming that the WHO is below strain to push this analysis from stakeholders and “primarily Asian international locations” respectively.
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