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As a major judicial reform took effect Thursday, Justice Minister Eisuke Mori called on the public not to worry about serving as lay judges — even though they may have to hand down the death penalty — while welcoming public discussion on capital punishment.

“It is, in some sense, natural” to feel reluctant about handing down the death penalty,” Mori said. “But the social order is maintained because of it and I would like the lay judges to participate in the system.”

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