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Justice Minister Isao Matsuura denounced the Shinchosha publishing house July 4 and demanded that it immediately recall copies of its two magazines that ran a photo of the 14-year-old Kobe youth being held in the murder of schoolboy Jun Hase.

“This is a clear violation of the Juvenile Law, and it has greatly damaged the honor and violated the privacy rights of the suspect,” Matsuura told a news conference after a regular Cabinet meeting. The ministry’s request is not legally binding and Shinchosha declined to recall copies of the latest issues of the pictorial weekly Focus and the weekly Shukan Shincho.

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