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Insulting Someone Online Could Mean a Year in Jail in Japan

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Cyberbullies in Japan could now face up to a year in prison, as the government cracks down on online abuse following the suicide of a 22-year-old professional wrestler and reality TV star who was hounded on social media. 

New penalties for public abuse as part of a revised law came into effect Thursday, allowing fines of up to 300,000 yen ($2,200) from the previous 10,000 yen and jail sentences of up to 12 months compared with 29 days previously.