Tokyo: A Japanese regional governor is
looking into plans that could see sex offenders carry a
GPS-equipped mobile phone so that police can keep them under a
closer watch, reports said on Sunday.
If the ordinance is enacted, it would be the first
such legislation in Japan, Kyodo News and Jiji Press said.
"It would be more desirable if such measures are
uniformly adopted throughout the country, but the state is
being slow to act," said Yoshihiro Murai, governor of northern
Miyagi prefecture, quoted by Kyodo.
"So I would like to make the step in Miyagi to herald
the shift," he said at a prefectural panel meeting on
In a draft plan, the ordinance is also aimed to better
monitor offenders of domestic violence while obliging sex
offenders to submit their DNA data, the reports said.
However, the plans will stoke public concerns as such
measures could infringe on fundamental human rights.
Officials in Miyagi have been studying measures to
prevent violence against women and children after an
18-year-old killed two people last year after his girlfriend
tried to run away from his physical abuse.