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A local ordinance in Kagawa Prefecture asks gaming to be limited to an hour a day during the week and 90 minutes on holidays. Even though these are just guidelines, a 17-year-old is already crowdfunding a lawsuit to challenge this. “I thought it is wrong that an administrative body intervenes in family life,” he said.


Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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I’m surprised that a 17 year old kid is the one pushing against this. Do older people in Japan simply not care about anything like this happening? Is it because they think it doesn’t directly affect them.

I’m 35 years old, if this happened where I live, I would be pissed enough to try and do something against it. And yes, I know something like that is probably impossible to enforce, but it’s the principle behind it that bothers me.

Another question would be, do gaming companies in Japan don't care about this kind of stuff either? Can't be good for business. Are companies there allowed to sue the government over a law?