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Only 2 percent of 14- or 15-year-olds found guilty of heinous crimes since 1965 have been convicted of committing similar crimes again, according to a Justice Ministry survey released July 24.

Amid growing public sentiment questioning the Juvenile Law after the shocking arrest of a 15-year-old Kobe boy suspected of murdering and beheading an 11-year-old boy in late May, the ministry decided to conduct the rare survey using records kept by the ministry’s Criminal Affairs Bureau.

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