Should young criminals face harsher penalties?

| Feb 24, 2014

Should young criminals face harsher penalties?

by Tomohiro Osaki

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet approved a bill this month to bolster punishments issued under the juvenile law. This is partly in response to growing calls by people victimized by juvenile offenders to reduce their apparent impunity. Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki defended the move ...

Feb 7, 2014

Juvenile offenders face stiffer terms

The Cabinet approved a bill Friday to lengthen the maximum jail term for juvenile criminal offenders to 20 years from 15, allowing the government to submit it to the Diet. The government is under pressure from people victimized by crimes to revise the Juvenile ...

Feb 28, 2013

Rehabilitation takes a back seat

A Justice Ministry advisory panel outlines a proposed revision to the Juvenile Law that would add years to baseline detentions of young lawbreakers.