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Interview with Justice Minister Katsutoshi Kaneda

  • August 30, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

Question: What is your stance on the death penalty?


Kaneda: In a nation that follows the rule of law, the execution of sentences must be strictly enforced. I will carefully and impartially deal with the matter while also respecting the court’s rulings.


Q: What age would be appropriate for the application of the Juvenile Law?


Kaneda: This question is related to the serious issue of how the whole criminal justice system should treat developing juveniles. I would like to carefully examine the matter by taking into consideration the findings of research conducted within the ministry.


Q: Is it necessary to establish  “crimes of conspiracy” as part of counterterrorism measures?


Kaneda: It is an important task for Japan to combat organized crime in cooperation with the international community by ratifying the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. We need to proceed with the legal preparations required to sign the convention. At the same time, however, careful deliberations that take into account concerns expressed in past Diet sessions are necessary.


Q: What measures will the ministry take to prevent recidivism?


Kaneda: Those convicted of drug offenses have a high rate of recidivism, and crimes committed by the elderly are also increasing. In light of these circumstances, the ministry is aiming to establish by 2020 a network that will help reform drug addicts and elderly convicts. In order to provide support for an extended period, the ministry will increase civilian sector participation by increasing recruitment of volunteer probation officers and encouraging more employers to hire ex-convicts.


Q: What measures will the ministry take to eliminate hate speech?


Kaneda: We will make efforts to raise awareness about hate speech through educational activities and by establishing a system for consulting with victims. To be specific, at the end of September the ministry will hold a meeting for relevant ministries, agencies, and local governments to exchange opinions on their efforts to eliminate hate speech.


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