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Liberia: Mental Health Bill Advances

(June 6, 2017) On May 23, 2017, the Liberian House of Representatives, the lower house of the country’s Parliament, unanimously approved a proposed amendment to the Public Health Law that would add a chapter on mental health.  (Leroy M Sonpon III, House Passes Law to Protect Persons with ‘Mental Disorders,’ DAILY OBSERVER (May 25, 2017).)  This follows the […]

Japan: Act to Secure Education for Emotionally Challenged Children

(Dec. 14, 2016) The Act on Securing Opportunities for Education Equivalent to Ordinary Education During the Ages of Mandatory Education was passed by the Diet (Japan’s parliament) and promulgated on December 14, 2016.  (Kanpo, Extra No. 276, at 13 (Dec. 14, 2016) (in Japanese).)   Based on the Act, the government will support “free schools” that […]

Japan: Basic Act on Suicide Prevention Amended

(June 7, 2016) Japan’s Basic Act on Suicide Prevention was amended on March 30, 2016; the amendment act became effective on April 1, 2016. (Act to Amend Basic Act on Suicide Prevention, Act No. 11 of 2016.) The amended Act obligates municipalities, in addition to prefecture governments, to establish suicide prevention plans. (Act on Suicide […]

Japan: Supreme Court Ruling on Liability of Kin of Elderly with Dementia

(Apr. 26, 2016) On March 1, 2016, Japan’s Supreme Court ruled on the liability of the family of a dementia sufferer who was struck and killed by a train to pay damages to the Central Japan Railway Company.  (2014(Ju)1434 (S. Ct., 3rd petty bench, Mar. 1, 2016), COURTS IN JAPAN (click pdf icon to view) (in […]

South Korea: Five-Year Mental Health Plan Aimed at Reducing Suicides Adopted

(Mar. 9, 2016) The Korean government adopted a five-year plan of comprehensive measures on mental illness, covering the years 2016-2021.  The plan promotes early detection of mental illness and obligates the government to reduce co-pays for mental health care.  The government also plans to develop a campaign to reduce prejudice against mentally ill people.  (Serving […]

India: Proposal to Decriminalize Attempted Suicide

(Dec. 29, 2014) On December 10, 2014, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs announced in a press release its decision to decriminalize attempted suicide by repealing section 309 of India’s Penal Code. (The Indian Penal Code (IPC), World Intellectual Property Organization website; Press Release, Ministry of Home Affairs, Decriminalisation of Section 309, Press Information Bureau website […]