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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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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.
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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
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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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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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Editorial: Young people with COVID-19 need to be careful of aftereffects

Even after recovering from infection with the novel coronavirus, some people suffer from the aftereffects for a long time. This can have serious impacts on their lives after returning to work or school. It is necessary to improve treatment and support systems.   The aftereffects from COVID-19 vary, including fatigue, shortness of breath, headache, problems with smell and taste, and….Read more

  • May 23, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 4:05 p.m.
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Japan Upper House panel OKs bill for juvenile law revision

Tokyo, May 20 (Jiji Press)–A juvenile law revision bill aimed at toughening penalties against crimes committed by those aged 18 and 19 was approved on Thursday by the Committee of Judicial Affairs of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of Japan’s parliament.   The bill was approved by a majority vote with support mainly from the ruling Liberal Democratic….Read more


60% feel it is hard to raise children in Japan, Cabinet Office survey

TOKYO — A total of 61.1 percent of people in Japan believe it is hard to raise children in the country, according to a recent government survey, which highlighted a perception of insufficient support for parenting compared with other nations.   In contrast, overwhelming majorities in Sweden, France and Germany said in the survey conducted by Japan’s Cabinet Office that….Read more

  • May 15, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 9:02 a.m.
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