Recent legislation in Japan now allows courts to issue restraining orders against husbands who commit verbal abuse or utter threats against their wives. The court can order the abuser to stay away from the victim, the victim’s relatives and even friends of the victim. There is now legal power to prohibit a perpetrator from phoning, e-mailing or committing any other form of harassment.
Despite what the rest of the world believes, there is sufficient evidence that many Japanese women do confront domestic violence in their daily lives. According to a survey conducted last year by the Cabinet Office, about 90% of victims of domestic violence suffered bodily injuries as well as psychological damage.
Information from The Asahi Shimbun