In Japan, making “online insults” can now land you with a year in jail

To address what it describes as “cyberbullying,” Japan has passed a law criminalizing “online insults.” Breaking the law will result in up to one year in jail or a fine.

As reported by the Japan Times, the law was passed on Monday and its enforcement will begin this summer. It was passed due to public outcry after professional wrestler Hana Kimura committed suicide in 2020 after being insulted online.