Chapter 22 of the Japanese Penal Code

This translation is taken from the Japanese Cabinet Secretariat website.

Chapter XXII. Crimes of Obscenity, Rape and Bigamy

Article 174. (Public Indecency)
A person who commits an indecent act in public shall be punished by
imprisonment with work for not more than 6 months, a fine of not more than 300,000
yen, misdemeanor imprisonment without work or a petty fine.

Article 175. (Distribution of Obscene Objects)
A person who distributes, sells or displays in public an obscene document, drawing
or other objects shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not more than 2
years, a fine of not more than 2,500,000 yen or a petty fine. The same shall apply to
a person who possesses the same for the purpose of sale.

Article 176. (Forcible Indecency)
A person who, through assault or intimidation, forcibly commits an indecent act
upon a male or female of not less than thirteen years of age shall be punished by
imprisonment with work for not less than 6 months but not more than 10 years. The
same shall apply to a person who commits an indecent act upon a male or female
under thirteen years of age.

Article 177 (Rape)
A person who, through assault or intimidation, forcibly commits sexual intercourse
with a female of not less than thirteen years of age commits the crime of rape and
shall be punished by imprisonment with work for a definite term of not less than 3
years. The same shall apply to a person who commits sexual intercourse with a
female under thirteen years of age.

Article 178. (Quasi Forcible Indecency; Quasi Rape)
(1)  A person who commits an indecent act upon a male or female by taking
advantage of loss of consciousness or inability to resist, or by causing a loss of consciousness or inability to resist, shall be punished in the same manner as
prescribed for in Article 176.
(2)  A person who commits sexual intercourse with a female by taking advantage of a
loss of consciousness or inability to resist, or by causing a loss of consciousness or
inability to resist, shall be punished in the same matter as prescribed in the
preceding Article.
Article 178-2. (Gang Rape)
When two or more persons jointly commit the crimes proscribed under Article 177
or paragraph 2 of Article 178, they shall be punished by imprisonment with work for
a definite term of not less than 4 years.

Article 179. (Attempts)
An attempt of the crimes prescribed for in Articles 176 through the preceding
Article shall be punished.

Article 180. (Complaints)
(1)  The crimes prescribed for in Articles 176 through Article 178 and attempts of the
above-mentioned crimes shall be prosecuted only upon complaint.
(2)  The provision of the preceding paragraph shall not apply when the crimes
proscribed under Article 176, paragraph 1 of Article 178 or attempts of the
above-mentioned crimes are committed jointly by two or more persons who are at
the scene of crime.

Article 181. (Forcible Indecency Causing Death or Injury)
(1)  A person who commits a crime proscribed under Article 176, paragraph 1 of
Article 178 or an attempt of the above-mentioned crimes and thereby causes the
death or injury of another shall be punished by imprisonment with work for life or
for a definite term of not less than 3 years.
(2)  A person who commits a crime proscribed under Article 177, paragraph 2 of
Article 178 or an attempt of the above-mentioned crimes and thereby causes the
death or injury of another shall be punished by imprisonment with work for life or
for a definite term of not less than 5 years.
(3)  A person who commits a crime prescribed for in Article 178-2 or an attempt of
the above-mentioned crimes and thereby causes the death or injury of another
shall be punished by imprisonment with work for life or for a definite term of not
less than 6 years.

Article 182. (Inducement to Promiscuous Intercourse)
A person who, for the purpose of profit, induces a female without a promiscuous habit to engage in sexual intercourse, shall be punished by imprisonment with work
for not more than 3 years or a fine of not more than 300,000 yen .

Article 183. Deleted.
Article 184. (Bigamy)
When a married person enters into another marriage, imprisonment with work for
not more than 2 years shall be imposed. The same shall apply to the other party who
enters into such marriage.

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