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Justice Minister Keiko Chiba said Friday she will ask the ministry’s Legislative Council next week to consider flexibility in its position on the statute of limitations for serious crimes.

A Justice Ministry study group in July, before Democratic Party of Japan member Chiba and the DPJ swept to power in the August Lower House election and ousted the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party, proposed that the statute of limitations on serious crimes such as murder be abolished in line with what it calls current public opinion that perpetrators not be allowed to evade punishment.

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