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Editorial: Criminalize marijuana use in Japan to stop its abuse by young people

The number of young people who use marijuana out of curiosity is increasing. The current legislation must be changed to ban the use of marijuana to stop its abuse.   An expert study panel of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has compiled a draft report calling for the use of marijuana to be made a criminal act under the….Read more

  • July 5, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 12:35 p.m.
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Tokyo Report: Japanese lawmakers trying to keep kids off sex crimes

Tokyo, June 16 (Jiji Press)–Suprapartisan efforts are gathering pace in Japan to protect children from sex crimes committed by care workers and school teachers.     A project team set up by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to end the government’s vertical administrative structure proposed in late April to establish a Japanese version of Britain’s Disclosure and Barring Service.     The….Read more

  • June 16, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 7:30 p.m.
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Japan ranks poorly in survey as place to raise children, Cabinet Office survey

By Ryuichi Hisanaga, staff writer   Japan in the eyes of young people hoping to raise a family ranks far and away behind other countries, especially in comparison with three European nations, a survey shows.   The study by the Cabinet Office found that 61.1 percent of Japanese respondents did not think Japan was an easy place to raise children.….Read more

  • June 12, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 2:50 p.m.
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“It is absurd to be arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old”: CDPJ lawmaker

It has been learned that regarding the criminal code that prohibits sex with minors under age 13 across the board, a member of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) had made repeated remarks condoning sex between an adult and a junior high school student. He made the remarks at a meeting of the party’s “working team on revisions to….Read more

  • June 7, 2021
  • , Asahi digital , 9:14 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Crime

CDPJ’s Honda apologizes that his “insufficient knowledge made people uncomfortable”

By Sodeyama Kaori   On June 8, House of Representatives member Honda Hiranao of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) — 56 years old and elected to office from the Hokkaido proportional representation electoral district — spoke to the press at the Diet building regarding his comment on revisions to sexual offense provisions in the criminal code and apologized.….Read more

  • June 8, 2021
  • , Hokkaido Shimbun digital , 10:03 p.m.
  • JMH Translation

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More than 20% of young people depressed due to COVID-19

NHK reported this morning that a group led by Tokushima University Associate Professor Yamamoto Tetsuya conducted a survey of about 20,000 people in ten prefectures that were under a state of emergency in February. According to the network, the survey found that among the approximately 2,100 people aged 18 to 29, 22.8% were in a state of depression requiring medical….Read more

  • June 2, 2021
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Why Japan’s young are bearing the psychological brunt of the pandemic

BY RYUSEI TAKAHASHI, STAFF WRITER   As potential carriers of the coronavirus, young people have been asked during the pandemic to change their lifestyles not just for their own well-being, but for that of all members of society.   For that reason they carry a hefty responsibility — but perhaps they shoulder a disproportionate share of the blame as well.….Read more

  • May 27, 2021
  • , The Japan Times
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Editorial: Balance rehabilitation, punishment under newly revised Juvenile Law

The question is how to promote offenders’ awareness of themselves as an adult while respecting the principle of the Juvenile Law, which attaches importance to the possibility of rehabilitation.   The revised Juvenile Law has been enacted, defining people aged 18 or 19 who have committed crimes as “specified juveniles” and aimed at strengthening penalties against their crimes to a….Read more

  • May 26, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 12:10 p.m.
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POLITICS

Stiffer penalties under revised juvenile law from April 2022

  By Kazuya Ito, staff writer    Stiffer penalties await 18- and 19-year-olds for a wider range of crimes under revisions to the Juvenile Law approved by the Upper House on May 21. Another key change allows the media to report the names of suspects if they are indicted.   Having passed the Diet, the revised Juvenile Law will take effect….Read more

  • May 22, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 4:44 p.m.
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Editorial: Juvenile Law’s ideals must not change even after revisions

The revised Juvenile Law approved by the Diet defines 18- and 19-year-old offenders as “designated juveniles,” who will face procedures and treatment closer to those applied to adults.   No matter what they may be called, those in that age bracket have the potential for becoming law-abiding members of society, depending on the education and support of others.   Even….Read more

  • May 24, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 12:50 p.m.
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