A group of ruling union legislators concurred Thursday not to lower the age of individuals covered by the juvenile law to under 18 from under 20 currently.
The group of legislators from the Liberal Democratic Party as well as Komeito has actually been going over whether criminal culprits aged 18 as well as 19 must be covered by the juvenile law, as the age of the adult years in Japan will certainly be decreased to 18 from 20 in April 2022 under the changed Civil Code.
The task group concurred to keep the nation’s system to send out all criminal culprits matured under 20 to family members courts in concept, while increasing the range of criminal culprits to be sent out to public district attorneys.
Under the existing juvenile law, just those that purposefully devoted criminal activities triggering fatality, such as murders as well as injuries leading to fatality, are sent out to district attorneys.
The group concurred to make individuals aged 18 as well as 19 that devoted offenses leading to jail time of one year or even more, such as break-ins as well as rape, be sent out to district attorneys.
The ruling union group additionally concurred to enable the names of individuals aged 18 as well as 19 to be divulged if they are fingered. At existing, the disclosure of the names of individuals under 20 that have actually devoted criminal activities is outlawed.
The Legislative Council, which recommends the justice preacher, has actually been going over juvenile law modifications for over 3 years. It is anticipated to problem a record on the issue as very early as September.
The council’s sight on the modifications approximately matches that of the ruling union group.
Kazuo Kitagawa, an elderly Komeito authorities that is acting head of the task group, stated that a changed juvenile law as well as the changed Civil Code must enter into pressure at the exact same time.
“Juvenile law revisions need to be enacted during next year’s regular parliamentary session at the latest to make that happen,” Kitagawa informed press reporters.