Japan passes bill making online insults punishable by jail time in wake of ‘Terrace House’ star’s death
- An amended Japanese law will consider cyberbullying a crime that may result in one-year imprisonment and fines of up to 300,000 yen (approximately $2,224).
- Japan’s parliament passed the bill on Monday, which will take effect later this year.
- The current law states that cyberbullying will result in a 30-day imprisonment and 10,000-yen (approximately $74) fine.
- Calls for stricter cyberbullying laws arose after the death of Kimura Hana, a 22-year-old professional wrestler and “Terrace House” cast member who died by suicide in 2020 due to floods of negative comments on social media.
After calls for harsher punishments following the suicide of a cyberbullied Indonesian Japanese female wrestler, Japan’s parliament passed a bill on Wednesday making online insults punishable by imprisonment.
Kimura Hana was a 22-year-old professional wrestler and cast member of the popular reality show “Terrace House,” which was produced by Japan’s Fuji Television Network and distributed on Netflix. After Kimura got into an altercation with a fellow house member for damaging her wrestling costume, she received a bombardment of hateful and racist comments regarding her appearance. On May 23, 2020, Kimura died by suicide. The show was canceled four days later.
The mother of former reality show star and professional wrestler Hana Kimura, who took her own life after her stint in the now-defunct “Terrace House,” is suing the broadcaster and the production company behind the Japanese reality show.
The lawsuit: On Thursday, Kyoko Kimura held a press conference to announce that she will be filing a case against Fuji Television Network Inc. and an unnamed Japanese production company next year to receive compensation for Hana’s suicide, reported The Japan Times.
A man has been fined 9,000 yen ($80) for sending abusive messages to Japanese reality star and professional wrestler Hana Kimura before she committed suicide in May 2020.
The man reportedly wrote comments attacking Kimura, telling her she had an “awful personality” and asking “When will you die?” on her social media account, according to BBC.
A man from Osaka, Japan may face charges for cyberbullying the late Hana Kimura who died from an apparent suicide earlier this year.
What happened: The man, whose name was not revealed, was suspected by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police of sending hateful messages to the late 22-year-old professional wrestler, according to Japan Times.
Hana Kimura’s mother, former professional wrestler Kyoko Kimura, expressed disappointment after “Terrace House” cast members posted a picture showing them having a good time following Kimura’s apparent suicide in May.
Professional Japanese wrestler and star of Netflix’s “Terrace House,” Hana Kimura, has died at the age of 22.
Kimura’s wrestling organization, Stardom Wrestling, confirmed the tragic news on Saturday, but no official details on the cause of ther death have been revealed, according to BBC.
“Terrace House” has been a hit show in Japan ever since it debuted on Fuji TV in 2012, but its success didn’t reach beyond Japan until 2015, when it premiered as a Netflix original. Since then, “Terrace House” has become an international hit spawning four more seasons along with a legion of fans.
The show has shown the world a much different style of reality TV compared to its American counterparts while giving foreigners a glimpse of Japanese society. While Japan is widely considered to be a globalized country, there are still many cultural quirks consistently displayed on screen that non-Japanese people could find puzzling. Here are seven we found:
Two cast members who fell in love on “Terrace House: Aloha State” have officially broken up nearly a year after announcing their engagement on social media.
Popular Japanese comedian Ryota Yamasato announced in a press conference on June 5, his marriage to actress and model, Yu Aoi.
Widely known for his role as a panelist on the hit Japanese reality show “Terrace House,” Yamasato is usually found on the screen jeering and making comments about the contestants and their pursuit of romance.
Prepare to cry, because the best couple in the history of “Terrace House” has broken up.
Tsubasa announced the sad news on Instagram.
Warning: Contains spoilers for “Terrace House: Opening New Doors.”
“Terrace House,” a popular reality show from Japan, is opening its doors to a member of the LGBTQ community.