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While controversy continues to rage over the Juvenile Law, the Justice Ministry said July 25 that it will not immediately try to revamp the law.

Akio Harada, chief of the ministry’s criminal affairs bureau, told reporters that the ministry’s position is that minors involved in crimes should be rehabilitated instead of being punished and this will not change immediately. Since the shocking arrest of a 15-year-old boy for alleged murder and assault in Kobe, questions have been raised as to whether the law can deal with the rising number of juvenile crimes.

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