Owing to the latest amendments to the Juvenile Law and the Civil Code, Japan will no longer treat people age 18 and 19 as minors, in principle, starting Friday.

While the amendment to the Juvenile Law will result in stricter punishments for some young offenders, the government is also shifting its focus to resocializing juvenile delinquents to prevent recidivism.

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