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Japan Govt to Give Up Juvenile Law Revision at Current Diet Session

Japan Govt to Give Up Juvenile Law Revision at Current Diet Session

   Tokyo, Jan. 25 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is set to give up the submission during the ongoing regular session of the Diet, the country's parliament, of a juvenile law amendment aimed at lowering the age of people covered by the legislation to under 18 from under 20 at present, informed sources have said.
   This is because members of the Legislative Council, which advises the justice minister, remain divided over the matter, the sources said.
   The council was asked in February 2017 to study the advisability of lowering the coverage age of the law, in line with changes in the voting age and the adult age. The voting age has already been lowered to 18 from 20 under the public offices election law, while the adult age will be cut to 18 from 20 in April 2022 under the Civil Code.
   As for the proposed juvenile law revision, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and others strongly oppose the cut in its coverage age, citing possible adverse effects on the rehabilitation of offenders aged 18 and 19.
   Against this background, the secretariat of the Justice Ministry presented two proposals at a meeting of the council's juvenile law subcommittee last month in a bid to win support from the opponents.

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