Ishikawa Prefecture, a rural prefecture in Japan, has just passed a ordinance forbidding elementary and grade school students from possessing cell phones. This is the first time for an entire prefecture to pass a law like this. I am interested in seeing how much of an effect this will have as there is no penalty or fine for violation. There is also many angry people who would rather have their children have cell phones so they are able to contact them or track them with GPS in case they get lost, etc... (i.e. legitimate reasons)
The prefecture is apparently slightly worried for being sued for infringing on its citizens' rights.
For the average Japanese person, one of the main security related issues he/she deals with is whether or not to let his/her son/daughter have a cell phone.
This is a big issue in schools all throughout Japan and there have been many schools banning students from using cell phones. This is due to all of the problems that have arisen from them. The main one being cyber bulling. Others include looking at porn, visiting shady forums, calling dating service chatlines, etc...