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The juvenile court system should be reviewed to enable family courts to fully investigate juvenile crimes, Justice Minister Kokichi Shimoinaba said in a recent interview.

Just hours after his appointment to the post Sept. 11, Shimoinaba, 71, told a news conference that the Juvenile Law’s basic stance that stresses youth protection and education is unquestionable. But in a subsequent press conference and interview, the former superintendent general of the Metropolitan Police Department Liberal Democrat in his second term added that the current family court proceedings have flaws — including the lack of participation by prosecutors in hearings and insufficient time for deliberations.

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