Article 61 of the Juvenile Law prohibits the dissemination of information that identifies a minor in a family court decision. The aim is to spare the minor publicity that might hinder his or her rehabilitation.

Recently, 4,000 copies of a book hit the market that tell the story of a 28-year-old man who has appealed his death sentence for the 1999 murder of a 23-year-old woman and her 11-month-old baby daughter in Hikari, Yamaguchi Prefecture. As the book identifies the man, who was an 18-year-old minor when the murders were committed, his lawyers have filed for a provisional court injunction with Hiroshima District Court to halt the book’s publication. The book questions the death sentence handed down by Hiroshima High Court in April 2008.

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