Japanese society is trying to make a scapegoat of the 15-year-old suspect held in the killing of Jun Hase, according to panelists taking part in a discussion organized by the Social Democratic Party on July 8 to assess the social impact of the case.

Nobuto Hosaka, an SDP member who organized the discussion, held in Tokyo’s Nagatacho district, criticized recent media reports on the suspect. “Although there has been only one official comment from police since his arrest June 28, the media are reporting unreliable information,” he said. “Such an attitude in the media is extremely dangerous.”

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