A Japanese prefecture is proposing an ordinance that would limit the time minors spend using smartphones, computers, and playing video games to one hour per day.
The Asahi Shimbun reports that Japan's Kagawa prefectural assembly is currently putting the ordinance together in response to what officials feel is a growing dependence on smartphones and games that is having a harmful effect on school and social activities for minors.
In its current form, the drafted ordinance asks parents or guardians to enforce a one-hour-per-day limit on screentime for those under age 18, with 90 minutes allowed on weekends and holidays. It also specifies that minors of junior high school age and younger have devices shut off by 9 p.m., while older children may use them until 10 p.m. It does not include a penalty for violations of the ordinance.