Gov’t to set up expert panel to discuss emperor’s abdication

https://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/govt-to-set-up-expert-panel-to-discuss-emperors-abdication

TOKYO —

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce a plan to set up a panel to discuss Emperor Akihito’s abdication when he delivers a policy speech for the extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Sept 26, a government source says.

The government has decided to seek expert opinion to deepen discussions before beginning legal procedures in response to the 82-year-old emperor’s rare video message to the public on Aug. 8 in which he indicated his desire to abdicate.

Members of the panel will likely include academics specializing on the Constitution, administrative law, history and Japanese traditional culture, the source said.

Although the panel was initially planned to be set up in September, its launch could be delayed to October or later, they added.

In the video message, the emperor voiced concern that he could one day become unable to fulfill his role as the symbol of the state because of his advanced age.

Currently, only posthumous succession is effectively allowed as the Imperial House Law, enacted in 1947, lacks a provision regarding abdication. Amendments or creation of a special law would thus be necessary to enable the emperor to step down.

Abe’s government is considering special legislation effective only for Emperor Akihito, with an eye to submitting relevant bills to the ordinary Diet session next year.

The envisioned special legislation would not involve discussions on complicated Imperial House Law amendments, such as whether to set up a permanent abdication system, or whether to allow a married female member to remain within the imperial family, as the government is eyeing leaving such decision-making for the future.

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Mum, 39, who performed sex acts on a boy, 14, in her daughter’s class tries to shift the blame onto HIM

Barbara Ellen:

do we seriously think that a female teacher sleeping
with a male pupil is on a par with a male teacher sleeping
with a girl pupil? I don’t.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/nov/29/barbara-ellen-madeleine-martin-comment

 

 

A mother has been jailed for performing sex acts on a 14-year-old schoolboy after she initially spotted him playing football.

The 39-year-old woman, from Victoria, has been sentenced to two years behind bars, with a minimum of 10 months after abusing the boy who went to the same school as her daughter.

The sentencing comes after she pleaded guilty in a Victorian court to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16.

The boy was just 14 years old when the then 36-year-old woman engaged in sex acts with him on two separate occasions at her home.

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Female Babysitter, aged 21, spared jail after having sex with boy aged 11, when he had day off school.

Barbara Ellen:

do we seriously think that a female teacher sleeping
with a male pupil is on a par with a male teacher sleeping
with a girl pupil? I don’t.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/nov/29/barbara-ellen-madeleine-martin-comment

 

http://www.imagincool.club/2016/09/female-babysitter-aged-21-spared-jail.html

A babysitter who had sex with an 11-year-old boy was spared jail after a judge declared that her immaturity “narrowed the arithmetic age gap” between them.

Jade Hatt, 21, was looking after the “sex-mad” youngster when she stripped off, removed his clothes, then straddled him and had sexual intercourse.

However, the boy’s father – who had a previous sexual relationship with the woman – defended Hatt in court and described her as immature.

He said his son was “fully up for the experience” and regarded it as a “notch on his belt”.

“He is sex mad. He would have been fully up for this experience and in many ways sees it as a notch on his belt and is totally unaffected by it”
– 11-year-old boy’s father

Passing sentence, Judge Tim Mousley QC said it was an exceptional case that allowed him to step outside the rigours of thesentencing guidelines.

He told Hatt: “Having read everything before me, it was quite clear he was a mature 11-year-old and you were an immature 20-year-old so that narrows the arithmetic age gap between you.

“I have read the comments of the boy’s father to the police where he doesn’t consider you a typical 20-year-old. I have also read what he has said about the effect on the victim.”

The NSPCC said the remarks “beggared belief” and sent out completely the wrong message.

A spokesman said: “The judge’s comments confirm a common view in society that the abuse of a young boy by a woman is somehow less serious than the abuse of a girl by a man.

“The offender in this case has escaped extremely lightly and you have to wonder whether, in the same circumstances, a man would have been treated the same.”

Swindon Crown Court heard the incident, which took place last November, lasted around 45 seconds, following which the boy admitted he had not enjoyed it as he knew it was wrong.

Hannah Squire, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was friends with the boy’s father, with whom she had had a brief sexual relationship.

“He would ask her to babysit; she had babysat his 11-year-old son on six or seven occasions. On one of those occasions this offence took place.

“It was during the day and the boy was off school. The defendant arrived at about 11.30am. The boy was laying down, Jade Hatt sat on top of him, sat astride him, took off her clothes and removed his.

“In his words she started bouncing on his private parts. Sexual intercourse took place. According to him it was fairly brief: about 45 seconds. She told him she enjoyed it, he said he had not as it was wrong.”

She said the boy’s father noticed he had a love bite on his neck and text messages from Hatt were diverted to his phone, revealing what had taken place.

Police were called and, when arrested, Hatt told officers the boy had told her he was 15, even though she knew his age as his father had told her. Hatt, from Swindon, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child.

Rob Ross, defending, said his client was a “small, immature, woman” and the victim was “very advanced” for his years.

In a statement, the boy’s father said: “I know he told her he was 15. He looks older than his years.

“He is sex mad. He would have been fully up for this experience and in many ways sees it as a notch on his belt and is totally unaffected by it.”

“It was quite clear he was a mature 11-year-old and you were an immature 20-year-old so that narrows the arithmetic age gap between you.”
– Judge Tim Mousley QC

Mr Ross said Hatt “clearly doesn’t operate at the level of a 20-year-old” and was honest with the police about what had taken place.

He said she was vulnerable and had a hard upbringing, spending two years in hospital with leukaemia between the ages of five and seven.

Judge Mousley imposed a six-month jail term – suspended for two years with supervision – and said Hatt must register as a sex offenderfor seven years.

She was also banned from having unsupervised contact with young boys for two years.

The NSPCC spokesman added: “The victim’s voice appears to have been ignored as despite his own father claiming that his son was ‘fully up for the experience’ the boy himself said he had not enjoyed it and knew it was wrong.

“The effects of sexual abuse can be long lasting and it’s essential that this boy is offered the necessary support.”