Business is time, and games is hour: Japanese authorities have suggested regulating the time children spend playing

Last week on the council of japanese prefecture Kagawa a meeting was held in the framework of which a new legislative act was proposed, according to which the state will be able to regulate the time that children will spend on video games.

According to the decree, a future law could affect all residents of Kagawa Prefecture under 17 years of age.

If the initiative is accepted, the amount of time allotted for games on weekdays will be equal to the total 60 minutes a day, on weekends and holidays, the limit rises to 90 minutes a day. Moreover, any activity related to games, high school students will need to stop by ten o’clock in the evening, and children younger than nine. According to the authors, the bill is designed to help the state combat the growing dependence on the Internet and games in particular.

It is noteworthy that the law does not in any way stipulate alternative leisure options for children, nor leverage that can be used against potential “violators”. As a result, it turns out that even if the act is adopted, control over young gamers will remain primarily the responsibility of parents, and the decision will be of a recommendatory nature.

However, the bill plan is still being finalized and its authors are actively interested in the opinion of the population, preparing to make the necessary adjustments to it before the next review scheduled for next month.

Theoretically, mobile games and just games tied to online can be the most suitable for regulation (manufacturers could limit children’s profiles). But whether the developers, and the parents themselves will agree to this, is still a big question.

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