Japanese prefecture considering law to limit video game play time for children

Lawmakers in Japan’s Kagawa Prefecture have proposed new legislation intended to limit the amount of time minors can play video games. More specifically, those under the age of 18 will be forbidden from playing games for more than one hour on weekdays and 90 minutes on holidays and weekends. Additionally, all those under 18 must also stop playing games at 10:00 pm, regardless of the day. Younger kids will have to stop playing at 9:00 pm.

Kagawa Prefecture

The proposal is intended to address video game and Internet addiction. At this time, the legislation is still in the drafting phase and it has not been formally submitted to the Kagawa Prefectural Assembly. However, it does not outline any punishments for violations, and it will only apply to Kagawa Prefecture. It would also be the first law of its kind in Japan.

Will this stop the scourge of video game addiction? Is it even possible for the government to enforce such a ban? Most importantly, how are kids going to play Hideo Kojima games when they have cinematic sequences that are over an hour long?

Drawing from my own teenage experience, my parents tried to impose limits like this on me. I resented it for years, and it absolutely drove me more into gaming as a hobby whether my parents liked it or not. Even so, at least that was my actual mom & dad, not the government trying to play mom & dad.

Good luck, Kagawa.

Source: Sora News 24


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One comment

  • Rusty Shackleford

    I LITERALLY just told the story of how my parents used to take away our controllers… so we would just sit and watch opening demos over and over and enjoy some great title screen music from the likes of Zelda, Kid Icarus, Metroid… and after putting 500+ hours into Breath of the Wild, I’d say that their tactics didn’t help at all… now if that caused me to get into them more than I would have? Now that would be interesting to know!

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