Japan Ruling Bloc Agrees Not to Lower Juvenile Law Age


Tokyo, July 30 (Jiji Press)--A team of Japanese ruling coalition lawmakers agreed Thursday not to lower the age of people covered by the juvenile law to under 18 from under 20 at present.

The team of lawmakers from the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito has been discussing whether criminal offenders aged 18 and 19 should be covered by the juvenile law, as the adult age in Japan will be lowered to 18 from 20 in April 2022 under the revised Civil Code.

The project team agreed to maintain the country’s system to send all criminal offenders aged under 20 to family courts in principle, while expanding the scope of criminal offenders to be sent to public prosecutors.

Under the current juvenile law, only those who intentionally committed crimes causing death, such as murders and injuries resulting in death, are sent to prosecutors.

The team agreed to make people aged 18 and 19 who committed offenses with imprisonment of one year or more, such as robberies and rape, be sent to prosecutors.

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