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Jan 19, 2004, 2:05:10 AM1/19/04
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Steve writes: Mikan means orange, as in Tokyo is Japan's version of the Big
Apple....
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LIFESTYLE-JAPAN-SOCIETY

No night-time karaoke for Tokyo kids, panel advises

TOKYO, Jan 19 (AFP-Jiji) - An advisory panel to Tokyo's governor proposed
Monday
that the city ban under-18s from visiting karaoke parlors and Internet cafes
late
at night in a bid to cut down on juvenile delinquency, an official said.

The panel, set up to advise Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, also urged
curbs
on the sale of teenage girls' used underwear and proposed requiring vending
machines to be programmed to prevent minors buying pornography.

Based on the report, the city assembly of Tokyo will start deliberations
next
month on a bill to revise current local legislation to promote the healthy
growth
of juveniles, the official said.

If the law is amended in accordance with the panel report, it would be
the
first local legislation in Japan to prohibit young people from going to
karaoke
and Internet cafes late at night, the juvenile division official said.

The proposed ban also covers ``manga (comic strips) cafes,'' where
customers
reading comic books are charged by the hour, he said.

These places would be the latest addition to entertainment facilities
listed
under a 1964 ordinance. Under the order, listed operators are obliged not
to
accept minors late at night.

The law currently applies to movie theatres, bowling halls and other
conventional entertainment facilities, but karaoke bars and Internet cafes
did not
exist when it was drafted.

While stopping short of mentioning a specific ban on sales of teenage
girls'
used underwear, the panel said in the report that the metropolitan
government
should consider how to stop the trade, the municipal official said.

``Girls can buy a piece of underwear at 100 yen (less than a dollar),
wear it
and immediately sell it for some 5,000 yen (47 dollars) ... they will not
become
respectable adults once they have tasted easy money-making,'' the official
said.

Other proposals by the panel include requiring ``unhealthy'' books to be
wrapped in plastic or paper at bookstores to prevent youngsters from peeping
into
such publications.

The panel also recommended that parents should make efforts to prevent
their
children from going out late at night, namely from 11:00 pm to 4:00 am,
while
prohibiting other adults from taking them out at such hours.

mis/ja/jah

Lifestyle-Japan-society-youth

AFP 190610 GMT JAN 04

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Jan 20, 2004, 2:04:38 AM1/20/04
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and no one here had any comments about this passage? it's the "meat" of the
story, as far as i'm concerned but it was buried far down in the
article..you disappoint me, my sweetbac friends!
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"While stopping short of mentioning a specific ban on sales of teenage
girls'
used underwear, the panel said in the report that the metropolitan
government
should consider how to stop the trade, the municipal official said.

``Girls can buy a piece of underwear at 100 yen (less than a dollar),
wear it
and immediately sell it for some 5,000 yen (47 dollars) ... they will not
become
respectable adults once they have tasted easy money-making,'' the official
said."

--
Peace,

~ Steve
"Thinkin a lot about less and less, and forgetting the love we bring..."
"Freak freely"


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